Police report sheds new light on crash

Updated: December 4, 2009, 1:02 PM ET
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Tiger Woods was found shoeless and snoring in the street when neighbors came upon him in the moments after Woods crashed his SUV outside his Florida mansion, according to an interview the Florida Highway Patrol recorded at the scene.

Interviews with Woods' neighbor Jarius Adams and Adams' sister, Kimberly Harris, were part of the audio version of the police report, obtained Thursday and reported by the Orlando Sentinel and The Associated Press.

Woods suffered minor injuries when he drove his Cadillac Escalade out of the driveway and crashed into a fire hydrant and tree last Friday. He was not wearing a seat belt.

By the time authorities arrived, Tiger Woods was on the ground outside the SUV. His wife, Elin Nordegren, told them she used a golf club to break open the rear windows and free him.

According to the Sentinel's report, Harris told the FHP she was in a bedroom when she heard what she described as a "knocking sound." Through a window, she said she could see the tail lights of a black vehicle. She awoke her brother and asked him to go outside.

Adams saw Woods, unconscious and snoring, in the street on the passenger side of the SUV. A golf cart was next to the vehicle, with two golf clubs in it. Woods' wife, wearing a black jogging suit, begged Adams for help, according to the report.

"She said, 'Can you please help me? Can you please help me?' " Adams said, the Sentinel reported.

"I said 'OK.' I immediately just ran back to the house, got the phone, called 911, ran back out the house again to go back out there to see if she needed any assistance," he said.

The AP reported Thursday that Harris told the FHP that Woods' mother, Kultida, and mother-in-law, Barbro Holmberg, were at the scene. The Associated Press could not independently confirm whether the two women were present.

"Did they ever talk to anybody at the scene that showed up, any emergency workers or anything?" a trooper asked Harris.

"The cops came, the Windermere cops came first, then the security guards came," Harris said. "And then it appears Mr. Woods' mom, and Tiger's wife's mom came out after the fact. I don't know if they heard the commotion, I don't [know] if she, his wife, left and came back. But they walked across the grass and were outside as well."

According to the AP, a voice that strongly resembles that of Woods' mother is heard in the background during the 911 call saying loudly, "What happened?"

Barbro Holmberg, mother of Elin Nordegren, also was reportedly at the scene, but a spokeswoman for Holmberg didn't know if she was in Florida when the accident happened.

The report in the Sentinel is the latest in a daily stream of Woods news. Police closed their crash investigation by citing Woods for careless driving and fining him $164. He caused an estimated $3,200 in property damage, according to police, and another $8,000 in damage to his car.

On Wednesday, US Weekly magazine released parts of a cover story alleging that Woods had a 31-month affair with Jaimee Grubbs, a Los Angeles woman the magazine said has more than 300 text messages from Woods. The US Weekly Web site posted a voice mail that Grubbs said is Woods calling her last week and asking to change the ID on her phone so that his wife wouldn't recognize it.

Woods subsequently released a statement on his Web site on Wednesday that said, in part: "I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone."

Rachel Uchitel, a New York nightclub hostess who has denied having an affair with Woods, had scheduled a Thursday news conference with her attorney in Los Angeles. But attorney Gloria Allred canceled that appearance Thursday morning, citing unforeseen circumstances. Allred earlier had planned to make a statement about Uchitel's relationship with Woods.

Uchitel denied having an affair with Woods when contacted by AP.

Woods is skipping this week's Chevron World Challenge golf tournament in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He is the host of the event, which benefits his foundation.

Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.