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February 25, 2021

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Wednesday that Tiger Woods will not face criminal charges related to the car accident that left the golf star hospitalized with major injuries early Tuesday morning. Villanueva said the crash did not meet the standard for a reckless driving charge, and that it would be treated as an accident. There is no evidence that Woods was under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or drugs, he said. Woods’ SUV flipped over on a stretch of highway in Los Angeles on Tuesday, resulting in serious injuries to his lower right leg and ankle. "We don't contemplate any charges whatsoever," Villanueva told reporters. "This remains an accident; an accident is not a crime. They do happen, unfortunately." When first responders arrived at the scene, they had to use a pry bar and axe to break through the windshield and pull Woods out of the mangled car. Villanueva said Woods was conscious and able to speak when officers arrived. Dr. Anish Mahajan, the hospital’s chief medical officer, said that some of Woods’ bones had shattered into several pieces and had to be stabilized by inserting a rod into his tibia bone, while other foot and ankle injuries were treated using screws and pins. 13. That’s how many accidents have occurred on the same road where Woods crashed, Villanueva said. Woods was driving on Hawthorne Boulevard on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, which is south of Los Angeles.