Two days after Tiger Woods was involved in a horrific rollover car crash that landed him in the hospital with a shattered right leg, it was reported that the golf legend appeared to have no memory of the accident or an understanding of the severity of his injuries.
“At the hospital he was asked about it by the investigators and he had no recollection of the crash itself,” L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told CNN.
Additionally, Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Gonzalez — who was the first to arrive at the scene on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes in Southern California — told NBC's Today: "I don’t think he was aware of how gravely he was injured at the time. It could be a mixture of adrenaline, it could’ve been shock," one day after the untimely Tuesday, February 23, incident.
Gonzalez, who arrived six minutes after the 911 call was placed, added, "Again it was very quick, the moment that I arrived from the moment that he rolled over, so I don’t know if he had time to fully assess his injuries."
Gonzalez asked the golf icon, 45, assessment questions, noting Woods remained calm throughout the process, before he determined that he needed to call the fire department to extricate him from the vehicle.
While authorities initially said Woods had to be removed from the wreckage by the "jaws of life" tool, it was later clarified that they used an ax to rescue him from the crash.
“I’ve seen collisions that didn’t look as serious where the occupants were injured much more severely,” Gonzalez added. “I think that’s just a testament to the fact that he was wearing a seatbelt, airbags worked as intended and modern vehicles are much more safe than they ever used to be."
As OK! previously reported, the Sheriff's department did not see any signs of impairment at the site.
“At the scene, we’re looking for evidence of intoxication like if there’s an odor of an alcoholic beverage or there’s an open container or prescription medication,” the Deputy explained. "At this time we didn’t see any evidence of impairment and anything beyond that in terms of the medical toxicology, I wouldn’t be aware at this time."
Villanueva reiterated in a statement on Wednesday that there was no indication of criminal wrongdoings and no charges are currently being considered in the accident.
When asked if the crash could result in a possible reckless driving charge, Villanueva explained: “A reckless driving charge has a lot of elements into it,” adding: "This is purely an accident."
Gonzalez was wearing a body cam during his interaction with Woods, and the footage, according to USA Today, should be available in the near future.