Neighbors found Tiger shoeless and snoring after crash

  • By Anika Myers Palm and Willoughby Mariano The Orlando Sentinel
  • Thursday, December 3, 2009 7:35pm
  • Sports

ORLANDO, Fla. — The once-pristine image of golf superstar Tiger Woods took more blows Thursday after revelations that neighbors found him lying shoeless and snoring on his Isleworth street after he plowed his SUV into a fire hydrant and tree.

These details, included in an interview recor

ded by Florida Highway Patrol troopers of neighbors who rushed to Woods’ aid, emerged as a celebrity gossip publication reported that yet another party girl had trysts with Tiger Woods.

Kalika Moquin, 27, a marketing manager for The Bank nightclub in Las Vegas, “hooked up” with the champion golfer as recently as late October, Life &Style magazine reported.

Tabloid reports blamed the Nov. 27 crash on a quarrel they said Woods, 33, had with his wife Elin Nordegren Woods, 29, after the National Enquirer reported the golfer had an affair with New York nightclub hostess Rachel Uchitel, 34. With Los Angeles cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs, 24, the number of reported mistresses now stands at three.

Thursday’s news raised more questions than answers. In the recording, Tiger Woods’ neighbor Jarius Lavar Adams and sister Kimberly Harris had no information on why he came to be in his post-crash state. They told troopers Woods’ family barely spoke with them.

Highway patrol spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes said her agency had no comment.

Moquin didn’t confirm or deny reports of her encounters with Tiger Woods. A press conference scheduled by Uchitel was canceled by her high-profile attorney Gloria Allred hours before it was to take place.

And Orlando’s WFTV-Channel 9’s Eyewitness News reported Thursday night that the three alleged mistresses could just be the tip of the iceberg. The station reported that two more women — from Central Florida — are talking to lawyers, claiming they too have had affairs with Tiger Woods, one of them up until three weeks ago.

There also are reports by the Web site The Daily Beast that Tiger and Elin Woods are in marriage counseling and are renegotiating their prenuptial agreement. “A lawyer familiar with the hastily conducted negotiations of the past 72 hours said that as of Wednesday evening Elin has been offered a $5 million payment immediately if she agrees to stay — and her prenuptial agreement is being revised to give her up to an additional $55 million,” the Web site reported. They are also undergoing marriage counseling, it said.

There also are reports by the Chicago Sun-Times that Tiger and Elin Woods are in marriage counseling and are renegotiating their prenuptial agreement to give her more money.

Tiger Woods’ public ordeal began about 2:25 a.m. Nov. 27 when he drove his Cadillac Escalade out of the driveway of his Deacon Circle home. He careened into a row of hedges, drove over a curb and swerved into a fire hydrant and finally into a neighbor’s tree.

The golfer was not wearing a seat belt.

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

Tiger Woods was rushed to Health Central hospital in Ocoee with injuries troopers described as “incapacitating.” He was treated and released the same day.

Tiger Woods turned away highway patrol investigators seeking to interview him three times. He was cited with careless driving Tuesday and paid a $164 fine.

Adams and Harris spoke with two troopers just after 6 p.m. Saturday, more than a day after Adams called 911 for help.

In the 16-minute interview, Harris, who was visiting from Texas, said she was in a bedroom when she heard what she described as a “knocking sound” and saw the tail lights of a black truck through a window. She awakened Adams and asked him to go outside.

Adams saw Tiger Woods, unconscious and snoring, in the street on the passenger side of his 2009 Cadillac Escalade. Elin Woods was wearing a black jogging suit. Woods was wearing a blue shirt and khaki shorts. A golf cart was next to Tiger Woods’ vehicle, with two golf clubs in it.

The golfer’s wife begged for help.

“She said, ‘Can you please help me? Can you please help me?’” Adams said.

“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.

Tiger Woods was bleeding.

“Not a lot of blood … nothing on his shirt, nothing on his hands,” Adams told investigators.

It was cold, so Harris brought a pillow and blankets.

Adams and Harris said they were so distracted by caring for their neighbor that although they realized Woods’ Escalade had crashed into the tree, they did not notice any glass or the extent of the damage to the vehicle.

Windermere police arrived first at the scene, followed by security guards for the gated Isleworth community. Tiger Woods’ mother and a woman the neighbors thought to be his mother-in-law came out of the golfer’s house at some point after the accident.

The interview did not shed light on how the golf cart came to be at the crash scene.

Tiger Woods did not speak at any time during the ordeal, and his wife did not speak to the neighbors after asking them for help.

They did not smell alcohol on Tiger Woods.

“No alcohol, no other type of drug whatsoever,” Adams said. “Zero.”

Adams and Harris said they did not see any indications that Elin Woods, had been drinking or was impaired.

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