Forensics experts: Tiger crash a 'classic case of falling asleep at the wheel'

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A damning report has cast further doubt on the circumstances surrounding the recent devastating car crash involving golf icon Tiger Woods in California.

Three forensic experts dealing in vehicles crashes have reportedly concluded that the scary single-vehicle rollover incident, which transpired in the tony Los Angeles suburb of Ranchos Palos Verdes, was likely the result of driver inattention, according to a report.

Woods' crash, which cost him several leg fractures and a "shattered" ankle among his injuries, looks like a "classic case of falling asleep at the wheel," one such expert recently told USA Today.

The experts arrived at the conclusion based on the mostly straight path that Woods' vehicle -- a Genesis SV80 -- took before coming to a rest on its side beside the curved, downhill road on which he was driving.

“To me, this is like a classic case of falling asleep behind the wheel, because the road curves and his vehicle goes straight,” Jonathan Cherney told the outlet.

Cherney, a former police detective who is now a consultant, frequently offers his expertise on vehicle crashes in court cases, the story said. He examined the Woods crash scene after the initial police response.

“It’s a drift off the road," Cherney said, "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."

Felix Lee, another expert cited in the report, had similar findings.

“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 forensics analysts also called into question the official narrative from authorities, particularly before the vehicle's black box had been recovered and examined.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has termed Woods' crash "purely an accident" and suggested that impairment was not a factor, even though test results have not conclusively determined as much.

Reached for comment by USA Today, the sheriff's office said it had not reached any definitive conclusions about the circumstances of the crash.

“The traffic collision investigation is ongoing, and traffic investigators have not made any conclusions as to the cause of the collision," the story said.

The mishap marks the 15-time major winner's third major incident involving a motor vehicle over the past decade or so, including crashing into a fire hydrant and hedges in 2009, and a guilty plea for reckless driving in 2017.

The outlook for Woods' golf career was murky at best after the wreck. The chief of orthopedic trauma at Stanford University and sports injury expert Will Carroll were just two of the many with major doubts about whether Tiger will ever return to competition.