Tiger Woods has shared his first photo following his devastating car crash in February, showing him smiling on crutches alongside one of his faithful dogs.
The PGA legend posed outside his $40 million mansion in Jupiter, Florida on his four-hole backyard practice course, which is undergoing major renovations as he recovers from serious leg injuries.
‘My course is coming along faster than I am,’ he wrote on Instagram on Friday. ‘But it’s nice to have a faithful rehab partner, man’s best friend.’
Woods has two dogs at home, a Border Collie-Springer Spaniel mix named Bugs, who was seen in the photo, as well as an Australian Shepherd named Lola.
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No other vehicles were involved in the crash although Woods allegedly did swerve across several lanes of oncoming traffic before rolling the SUV down a hill.
Police estimate that Woods was driving as fast as 87mph in the 45mph zone that day. But despite his speed, and the fact that he struck a raised median, Woods is not being charged for reckless driving.
According to police, there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Woods, who didn’t undergo sobriety testing, but is not believed to have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the early-morning crash.
‘Reckless driving, you have to have multiple violations in conjunction with one another,’ Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Captain James Powers told the media on April 7. ‘That did not exist here … and the speeding, there’s no independent witnesses regarding the speeding.’
Woods was knocked unconscious and suffered a gash to his jaw as well as ‘bruised right and left rib cage, fractured right tibia and fibula, possible right ankle injury,’ according to the crash report obtained by DailyMail.com.
First responders noted that they saw Woods sitting in the driver’s seat of the car with blood on his face and chin when they arrived. The legendary golfer was wearing his seatbelt and the airbag had deployed.
Woods was ‘responsive and was able to speak,’ a deputy noted in the report – but said he was ‘acting in a manner consistent with someone suffering from shock.’
He also had cuts to the top-right side of his head, right eye and nose and right chin and jawline.
Woods told first responders that his right leg was ‘in a lot of pain,’ according to the crash report. When he was removed from the wreckage, first responders saw ‘he had an open fracture mid-shaft on his right leg below the knee.’
Officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department told investigators that Woods ‘was somewhat combative when they were trying to treat him on scene.’
Woods was taken by ambulance to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and was given morphine and Zofran for the pain. He was later transferred to Cedars Sinai hospital before he was allowed to return home last month.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Keith Griffith