L.A. County sheriff talks about ‘lessons learned’ after Tiger Woods crash !

La County Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated Wednesday that Tiger Forest didn’t receive special therapy from police force after he crashed his Sports utility vehicle recently but noted some “lessons learned” because the crash analysis gets near completion in coming days.


Villanueva also stated the golf legend demonstrated no “obvious” indications of impairment in the scene from the crash February. 23, an adjective he hadn’t stressed before when discussing how Forest was evaluated on that day by deputies.

The sheriff then switched towards the subject of drug-recognition experts and “lessons learned of all the incident.” Drug-recognition experts (DRE) are officials specifically educated to identify impairment in motorists after crashes especially when it’s not apparent. Forest wasn’t evaluated with a DRE following the crash because Villanueva stated there wasn’t an excuse for it.

“For anybody suggesting he in some way received different treatment than others, he didn’t,” Villanueva stated Wednesday when requested by USA TODAY Sports to have an update around the situation. “I let you know this: We all do require more drug-recognition experts inside the department. We have to hire more, but on the other hand, which costs money. We have to train more. We’re likely to be training using the sources we must increase our pool of accessible DRE experts.

“And that’s something which clearly, training learned of all the incident and exactly how should we can use what we should learned to future occasions and also to make ourselves more, a much better organization and much more effective?” he stated. “And individuals are among the things we’re likely to be doing.”

Drug-recognition experts make use of a 12-step tactic to evaluate for impairment, including questioning the motive force about medications, examining the eyes and vital signs, frequently in a location taken off the crash scene, for example in a hospital. When they think a person is impaired with drugs, they are able to request a test from the driver’s bloodstream.

Within this situation, none of this happened because there wasn’t any require a DRE through the sheriff’s department, leading forensic crash experts contacted by USA TODAY Sports to question why don’t you, because of the evidence in this area at that time.

Not just did Forest drive away road on that day in a fashion that is in line with him being inattentive or unconscious, but also, he didn’t have memory of driving the automobile, not to mention the crash itself.

Even though it is not unusual for crash victims to suffer mind injuries and never recall the moments of impact, Forest was putting on a seatbelt and the airbags deployed. A sheriff’s deputy noted Forest had “injuries/lacerations” to his face and damaged bones in the right leg but didn’t mention mind injuries. Sheriff’s officials also described Forest as alert and “lucid” in the scene upon arriving.

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Villanueva added Wednesday these were concerned for Woods’ health even without the apparent impairment or any other victims.

“Our concern shifts towards the humanitarian, you realize existence-upkeep, individuals types of things, and also the accident becomes secondary,” he stated.

Villanueva and something of his deputies also stated formerly they made the decision to not seek searching warrant to acquire bloodstream evidence in the hospital simply because they stated then they did not have probable reason for it.

The important thing time for you to establish the requirement for a toxicology set of Forest was soon after the crash, experts stated. Forest, 45, was driving on the downhill road around 7 a.m. that Tuesday, but rather of remaining together with his lane because it curved right, his Genesis Sports utility vehicle went straight within the curb in to the median striking an indication. He then stored going straight with the median and into opposing traffic lanes before departing the street, hitting a tree and moving in Moving Hillsides Estates, south of downtown La.

He traveled about 400 ft since striking the median, inside a straight line. If he’d been awake and distracted or perhaps slightly asleep, experts stated they’d have likely to see proof of his immediate reaction, for example deceleration, braking and steering back to the road.

But there have been no skid marks on the path to suggest braking, which happens despite anti-lock brakes. Rather, Forest just stored going on and on inside a straight line for many 400 ft despite being in the center of an urgent situation. Jonathan Cherney, an accident expert and former police detective who walked the scene, told USA TODAY Sports it had been “like a vintage situation of dropping off to sleep driving, since the road curves and the vehicle goes straight.”

Cherney along with other forensic experts contacted by USA TODAY Sports aren’t active in the sheriff’s analysis.

Following the crash, the sheriff’s department performed searching warrant to acquire data in the vehicle’s black box, that could show how quickly he was going and then any braking or steering activity. Requested by USA TODAY Sports Wednesday what he learned in the black box, the sheriff responded, “We learned a couple of things, that is important.”

Before crash, Forest was discovered unconscious in the wheel in 2 prior driving occurrences. The very first is at 2009, whenever a witness found him unconscious and snoring in the Sports utility vehicle after hitting a tree and fire hydrant outdoors his mansion in Florida. He was reported then for careless driving.

In 2017, police found him asleep in the wheel in Florida on Memorial Day. After police arrested him on suspicion of drunk driving, a toxicology report later revealed he’d the sleep medication Ambien in the system, along with other medicines, including Vicodin. Forest then checked right into a clinic to obtain assist with medications for discomfort and a sleep problem. Also, he pleaded guilty to reckless driving.

Within this situation, his injuries in the crash stored him within the hospital for around three days. He announced on Twitter Tuesday he was “back home.” He thanked his surgeons, doctors, nurses and hospital staff.

“I is going to be recovering both at home and focusing on getting more powerful every single day,” Forest stated for the reason that statement.

Villanueva indicated Wednesday the analysis is nearly over.

“In the following couple of days we’re going to achieve the entire factor completed,” he stated.