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Tuesday 23 September 2014

More details of Tiger Woods crash

Highway patrol documents reveal more details of Tiger Woods crash

The ambulance crew that responded after golfer Tiger Woods crashed his sport utility vehicle would not allow his wife to ride with him to the hospital because they suspected domestic violence, documents released by the Florida Highway Patrol show.

But a police officer who responded said he did not know where the crew got that information because he never heard it from anyone at the scene.

The reports also showed Woods' wife, Elin, turned over two bottles of pain pills to police after the November 27 crash outside the couple's suburban Orlando home.

Woods crashed his sport utility vehicle into a fire hydrant at 2.30am, and officers found him lying in the street.

The couple told investigators Elin Woods smashed the back window of the vehicle with a golf club so she could unlock a door and pull him out.

Woods, the world's top golfer, strenuously denied his wife abused him.

"Elin never hit me that night or any other night. There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage, ever," Woods said during a televised apology to his wife, family and fans last month.

The crash led to disclosures that Woods had affairs with several women. He was charged with careless driving and fined 164 US dollars.

Corporal Thomas R. Dewitt, one of the highway patrol investigators, also wrote in his report that he asked for videotape from a security camera at the Woods' home.

But the golfer's lawyer, Mark NeJame, told him the couple did not know if the camera worked and could not figure out how to remove the tape. Mr NeJame told Cpl Dewitt he had looked at monitors inside the home and they were blank. There was no indication whether officers got the video despite several requests.

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