Woods’ neighbors ask for privacy of their own
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla. – Attorney Bill Sharpe, who is representing the Isleworth family that made the 911 call after Tiger Woods’ crash Nov. 27, held a news conference Tuesday at his downtown Orlando office, making a public request for his clients’ privacy. He also answered questions about what his clients, the family of Jerome and Linda Adams, saw when they arrived at the accident scene.
Woods already was on the ground when Linda Adams and her two adult sons arrived, “moments” after they heard the accident, Sharpe said. Two of the Adamses gave written statements to police, though Sharpe did not disclose their identities.
“They characterize Mrs. Woods as the first responder, and then the Adamses as the second responder,” Sharpe said. “That’s not absolutely correct. They were pretty much all there together.”
• This is what Sharpe said his clients saw when they arrived at the scene:
“They heard (the accident) and they ran out, and Mr. Woods was out on the ground,” Sharpe said. “Mrs. Woods was trying to help him, and that’s what they found when they arrived. Mrs. Woods was worried about her husband. She was concerned. She was asking them to help her. They helped him. They got some blankets, some pillows, made him comfortable, kept him from moving, until the 911 (responders) got there.”
The 911 call made the morning of Tiger Woods’ car accident, as released by the Florida Highway Patrol.
• When asked whether the Adams family knew how Woods was removed from the car, Sharpe said:
“They didn’t know how he got out. They didn’t go into that. No one asked them that question. They were concerned about Mr. Woods and Mrs. Woods.”
• When Sharpe was asked whether Elin Woods had removed her husband in the short amount of time between the accident and the Adams family’s arrival, Sharpe responded, “Apparently.”
“Mr. Woods was out of the car and Mrs. Woods was kneeling next to him.”
• Sharpe said his clients did not see a golf club at the scene. Police reports have said Elin Woods used a club to break a rear window and remove her husband from the car.
• Sharpe said the family did not see an argument. “They did not hear (an argument), and none of his injuries were consistent with someone beating somebody with a golf club,” Sharpe said. He described the injuries as being consistent with someone who had been in a minor car accident. “He had a couple scratches, I believe, on his lip and things like that,’’ Sharpe said.
• Sharpe described Woods’ relationship with the Adamses as friendly, saying he often discussed sports with the family’s children. The Adams family is described in the FHP report as “long-time neighbors” of Tiger Woods. Jerome Adams is a retired physician.
“They’ve tried to give the Woods family some privacy,” Sharpe said. “They ask that you give them some privacy.”