Woods gets traffic ticket for crash

No further investigations planned

no claims of violence made

December 02, 2009|By Willoughby Mariano and Bianca Prieto | Tribune Newspapers

ORLANDO, Fla. — — After five days of international speculation about Tiger Woods' crash outside his Isleworth mansion, the Florida Highway Patrol announced Tuesday that it gave the world's No. 1 golfer a traffic ticket.

The billion-dollar athlete already has paid the $164 fine, court records show.

Woods, 33, drove carelessly when he steered his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and then into a neighbor's tree about 2:25 a.m. Friday, troopers said. In addition to the fine, he received four points on his driving record, FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes said.

The Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office advised troopers there was insufficient evidence to issue a subpoena or require that blood evidence from Woods' hospitalization be handed to investigators, said Maj. Cindy Williams, commander of Troop D, which covers the Orlando area.

No one involved in the incident made any claims of domestic violence, Williams said. Such allegations might have compelled investigators to look further into the accident.

Woods' attorney, Mark NeJame, said the FHP's conclusions were good news.

"All I can say is that I'm pleased with the outcome. I have no further comment. It's over," NeJame said.

Almost. Troopers plan to release their full accident report today, along with 105 images of the crash aftermath.

The FHP closed its book on the Woods accident a few hours after an attorney for the golfer's next-door neighbors discussed what his clients saw after the crash.

Jerome Adams, a former physician, and Linda Adams, owner of a wedding consulting business, were awake and heard the accident. They went outdoors and saw Woods on his back outside his battered black SUV.

Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, asked them for help and for them to call 911, attorney Bill Sharpe said.

Since the accident, speculation has run rampant that the crash might have followed a quarrel between Woods and Nordegren over published rumors of an affair between the golfer and a bar hostess.

The FHP's findings came an hour after a report from Us Weekly linked Woods to Las Vegas cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs, who told the magazine she has been having an affair with Woods since 2007.

While the scrutiny had been on Rachel Uchitel, another woman who has repeatedly denied an affair with Woods, Us Weekly said it has hundreds of racy text messages from Woods to Grubbs, as well as a Nov. 24 voice mail that describes Woods talking about his wife's being aware of the affair.

According to the magazine, Grubbs said she was 21 when she was approached by Woods at a Las Vegas nightclub April 13, 2007 - five days after he finished second at the Masters and two months before the birth of his first child.

The magazine said the meeting "progressed into a clandestine on-and-off affair" that has lasted nearly three years.

"I hope he can forgive me for doing this and I know he probably can't," Grubbs is quoted as saying. "Whatever happens with Elin, I hope Tiger and I can reconnect and remain good friends."

Baltimore Sun news services contributed to this article.

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