Tiger Woods may have been asleep at the wheel moments before the 45-year-old golf legend’s SUV veered over the median and off the roadway before it hit a tree and rolled over, according to forensic experts.
Experts who looked into clues at the crash site raised the possibility that Woods was not paying attention to the road when his vehicle crossed into the opposite lane while driving along a steep Southern California roadway.
The analysts cited the fact that Woods’ car kept driving straight through the median instead of staying on the road and curving right, according to USA TODAY.
DailyMail.com has sought comment from Woods’ agent and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Woods’ Genesis SV80 luxury SUV is seen after sustaining damage in the crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California on Tuesday
Tiger Woods (pictured above in Orlando on December 19) may have been asleep at the wheel in the moments leading up to Tuesday’s car crash in Southern California, according to forensic experts
The 15-time major champion shattered his leg when he lost control of his car, which rolled several hundred feet in an accident police said he was ‘lucky to survive.’.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods was not drunk and was driving alone in good weather when the SUV hit a raised median, went across oncoming lanes and rolled several times.
The crash injured his right leg, requiring surgery.
Forensic experts said that Woods applied the brake late in the crash sequence, right at the time of impact, which likely explains why he suffered multiple broken bones in his right leg.
A law enforcement officer looks over a damaged vehicle following a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods on Tuesday
Workers watch as a crane is used to lift a vehicle following a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods in the Rancho Palos Verdes section of Los Angeles on Tuesday
‘To me, this is like a classic case of falling asleep behind the wheel, because the road curves and his vehicle goes straight,’ said Jonathan Cherney, a former police detective who provides car accident analysis as an expert witness in court cases.
Cherney visited the crash site in person and examined the available evidence.
‘It’s a drift off the road, almost like he was either unconscious, suffering from a medical episode or fell asleep and didn’t wake up until he was off the road and that’s where the brake application came in,’ Cherney said.
After the crash, Villanueva, the sheriff, told reporters that there were no skid marks on the road that would indicate a hard brake, though that could have been because Woods’ vehicle had anti-lock brakes, according to accident expert Felix Lee.
Lee told USA TODAY he was struck by the fact that the vehicle kept driving straight as the road curved, directly entering the median.
‘My feeling is that speed wasn’t that much of an issue,’ Lee said.
‘It was just some kind of inattention that caused the curb strike.’
The crash happened on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes in LA on Tuesday morning. Woods was on his way to the Rolling Hills Country Club when he crashed