rollover involving golfer Tiger Woods, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.jpg

A crane lifts a vehicle following a crash involving golfer Tiger Woods, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in a suburb of Los Angeles. Woods suffered leg injuries in the one-car crash. The Los Angeles County sheriff plans to announce Wednesday, April 7, 2021, what caused Woods to crash the SUV.

LOS ANGELES — Authorities planned to announce Wednesday, April 7, what caused Tiger Woods to crash an SUV in February in Southern California, a wreck that seriously injured the golf superstar.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva previously said detectives had determined the cause of the crash, but he would not release it, citing privacy concerns and a purported need for Woods' permission to divulge information.

The sheriff planned to discuss the findings of the investigation, including "causal factors," during a news conference Wednesday morning in Los Angeles, the sheriff's department said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear whether Woods had any involvement in the expected announcement.

Documents show that Woods told deputies he did not know how the crash occurred and did not remember driving. At the time of the wreck, Woods was recovering from a fifth back surgery, which took place two months earlier.

Woods, who is originally from the Los Angeles area, had been back home to host his PGA tournament, the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, when the crash happened Feb. 23.

He was driving an SUV loaned to him by the tournament when he struck a raised median in Rolling Hills Estates, just outside Los Angeles. The SUV crossed through two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree on a downhill stretch that police said is known for wrecks.

The athlete is in Florida recovering from multiple surgeries. Woods has never gone an entire year without playing, dating back to his first PGA Tour event as a 16-year-old in high school.

Rory McIlroy, a four-time major golf champion who lives near Woods, said he visited him March 21.

"Spent a couple hours with him, which was nice. It was good to see him," McIlroy said Tuesday from the Masters. "It was good to see him in decent spirits. When you hear of these things and you look at the car and you see the crash, you think he's going to be in a hospital bed for six months. But he was actually doing better than that."

In the weeks after the crash, the sheriff called it "purely an accident" and said there was no evidence of impairment.

Detectives searched the data recorder of the 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV, known as a black box. Investigators did not seek a search warrant, however, for Woods' blood samples, which could be screened for drugs and alcohol.

In 2017, Woods checked himself into a clinic for help in dealing with prescription drug medication after a DUI charge in Florida, where he currently lives.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.