December 1, 2009
Florida Highway Patrol has concluded their investigation: Woods was cited for careless driving = possible $164 fine and four points on his license. No evidence to bring any other charges – there were no claims domestic violence.
Video/text of press conference follow. The video is autoplay and I didn’t want it to hear it every time I load the front page.
[News conference starts (1:07) Hand transcribed]
FHP Troop Commander Maj CINDY WILLIAMS:
The investigation has determined that Mr Woods is at fault in the crash.…Mr Woods has satisfied the requirements of Florida law....With the issuance of this citation, the Florida Highway Patrol has completed its investigation into this matter.
FHP Public Affairs Office Sgt KIM MONTES:
FHP is not pursuing criminal charges in this matter. Nor is there any testimony or other evidence to support any additional charges of any kind other than the charge of careless driving. After reviewing the evidence available to us…it was determined that there was insufficient evidence available to issue a subpoena for any additional medical information that might exist in this case. We cannot speak to the existence of any blood evidence.
There are no claims of domestic violence by any individual.
Despite the celebrity status of Mr. Woods, the Florida Highway Patrol has completed its investigation in the same professional manner that it strives to complete each traffic investigation.
Although our approach may vary depending upon the circumstances, Mr Woods’ status in no way impacted our investigation or conclusion.
WINDERMERE MAYOR GARY BRUHN:
Our residents would like to put this behind us. It’s time to move on. Let the man recover if he is injured, and let him get back to his life, and let our residents get back to normalcy.
Woods’ agent, MARK STEINBERG:
We have been informed by the Florida Highway Patrol that further discussion with them is both voluntary and optional. Although Tiger realizes that there is a great deal of public curiosity, it has been conveyed to FHP that he simply has nothing more to add and wishes to protect the privacy of his family.
FYI: Ticketholders can apply for full refunds starting next Monday. Those who don’t request refunds can get a 20% discount for 2010 tickets. It is an event to raise money for the Tiger Woods Foundation, which helps kids.
Neighbors Linda Adams and her two sons were the ones who made the phone call at Elin Wooods’ request. They found her at Tiger’s side, consoling him.
Lawyer for the Adamses, BILL SHARPE:
[Woods' injuries were] consistent with a car wreck and inconsistent with him being beat up. The scratches on his face were consistent with someone who maybe was in a minor car accident and hit his head on the windshield. … None of his injuries looked like he was beat up by his wife.
One thing we want to make clear is that Mrs. Woods’ attitude was consistent with her being concerned about her injured husband. Mrs. Woods was trying to help him. Mrs. Woods was worried about her husband. She was concerned.