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Police end investigation, issue Tiger Woods a ticket

December 1, 2009 | 11:53 am


The Florida Highway Patrol says it will issue Tiger Woods a careless driving citation for a car crash outside his Orlando-area mansion last week.   

Maj. Cindy Williams said that will close the investigation and no criminal charges are being pursued. Woods faces a $164 fine.

Earlier in the day, an attorney for the neighbors who dialed 911 said Woods did not appear to be driving under the influence and showed no signs of having been in a fight.

Woods’ injuries were “consistent with a car wreck and inconsistent with him being beat up,” attorney Bill Sharpe said. “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.”


In its initial accident report, the Florida Highway Patrol said alcohol was not involved.

Sharpe said neighbor Linda Adams and her two adult sons went outside their home in the exclusive gated Florida community of Isleworth after hearing the crash, and Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren, asked them to call 911.

He said the neighbors found Nordegren kneeling beside her husband, upset about his injuries. Sharpe said Woods appeared woozy and had scratches on his face and that his wife was trying to console him. The Adamses wrapped Woods in a blanket and made sure he didn’t move.

You can read the Orlando Sentinel's story here and the Associated Press' story here. We also will have a story later on

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: Christian Conrad, an attorney for the family of Linda Adams, listens to a question during a news conference in Orlando. Credit: Lynne Sladky, AP.