Tiger Woods and his wife, Elin, are expected to talk to police for the first time on Monday, breaking a two-day silence that has only fuelled speculation about his early morning accident, why he left the house at that hour, where he was going and whether an argument preceded the crash.
Sunday could deliver two bits of information — what the world’s No. 1 golfer has to say about the accident or perhaps the 911 tapes that the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said it would release once authorities have reviewed the call.
In its initial accident report, the patrol said Woods left his house, ran over a fire hydrant with his Cadillac Escalade and then smashed into a tree at 2:25 am on Friday. Windermere police chief Daniel Saylor said Woods’ wife told officers she heard the crash from inside their home, and used a golf club to break out the back window.
The FHP continues to investigate the crash as a traffic accident, refusing to get caught up in rumours. Sergeant Kim Montes, the patrol spokeswoman, said Woods is not required to give a statement, only his driver’s license, insurance and registration of the SUV, which was towed to a private yard with damage to the front and both back-seat windows broken. “We still are going to move forward with our crash investigation,” she said.
Police first tried to interview Woods on Friday, only for his wife to ask if they could return the next day because he was sleeping.
As they headed to Woods’ $2.4 million house on Saturday afternoon, FHP dispatch put through a phone call to troopers from Woods’ agent, informing them that Woods and his wife would be unavailable to talk until Sunday.