Tiger Woods believed he was in Florida after crash, per police report

Jay Busbee
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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods was so disoriented after his catastrophic car wreck in February that he believed he was in Florida when interviewed at the hospital, according to a new report released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

The 22-page collision report, obtained by USA Today, broke down the specifics of Woods' wreck, which left Woods with significant injuries to his right leg. In the early morning of Feb. 23, Woods was driving in Rancho Palos Verdes when his vehicle left the road and flipped, coming to rest on its side.

The SUV's black box recorder found that at the time of impact, Woods was traveling in a straight line, with no steering input detected until late in the crash. 

“Had [Woods] applied his brakes to reduce his speed or steered to correct the direction of travel, he would not have collided with the center median and the collision would not have occurred,” a department sergeant wrote in the report

Tiger Woods remains sidelined following a February wreck. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods remains sidelined following a February wreck. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the Sheriff's Department indicated that the cause of the wreck was Woods “driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway.” The department indicated it did not have probable cause to seek a warrant to draw Woods' blood for testing, and that Woods did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the scene.

Among the other revelations: An empty pharmaceutical bottle without a label was found in a backpack in the SUV. In addition, Woods' blood pressure was “too low to administer any type of pain medication” at the scene. A sheriff's captain said the low blood pressure “was consistent with shock as a result of collision and the injuries (Woods) sustained," and that Woods was "somewhat combative" on the scene of the crash, also consistent with the symptoms of trauma that Woods had suffered. 

A sheriff's deputy, Kyle Sullivan, noted that he interviewed Woods at the hospital while Woods was receiving stitches to an injury to his face. “I then asked (Woods) if he is able to tell me about what happened regarding the traffic collision,” Sullivan wrote in the report. Woods “told me he did not remember being involved in a traffic collision. (Woods) thought he was currently in the state of Florida.”

Woods has not appeared publicly since the crash, but has offered several updates on his condition as the Masters takes place this week. 


Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter at @jaybusbee or contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com.

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