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Lawyer: Tiger Woods Didn't Appear Beaten

The Orlando-area mansion belonging to Tiger Woods is seen from a helicopter Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, following news that the PGA golfer was taken to a hospital after crashing his SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree.
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Updated at 2:29 p.m. EST

Tiger Woods did not appear to be driving under the influence and showed no signs of having been in a fight in the minutes after his car crash outside his mansion, an attorney for the neighbors who dialed 911 said Tuesday.

Woods' injuries were "consistent with a car wreck and inconsistent with him being beat up," attorney Bill Sharpe said. "The scratches on his face were consistent with someone who maybe was in a minor car accident and hit his head on the windshield. ... None of his injuries looked like he was beat up by his wife."

In its initial accident report, the Florida Highway Patrol said alcohol was not involved.

Sharpe said neighbor Linda Adams and her two adult sons went outside their home in the exclusive gated community of Isleworth after hearing the crash and Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, asked them to call 911.

He said the neighbors found Nordegren kneeling beside her husband, upset about his injuries. Sharpe said Woods appeared woozy and had scratches on his face and that his wife was trying to console him. The Adams wrapped Woods in a blanket and made sure he didn't move.

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According to the Florida Highway Patrol accident report, Woods crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant and a tree at 2:25 a.m. Friday. The airbags did not deploy in the crash, and Woods' wife told Windermere police she used a golf club to smash the back windows to help him out.

Speculation centers on the source of Woods' facial injuries and whether they were caused by the car accident. The incident occurred shortly after the National Enquirer ran a story that Woods was seen with another woman raising the speculation whether there may have been an altercation between Woods and wife, CBS News correspondent Randall Pinkston reports.

The woman, Rachel Uchitel, denied having an affair with Woods when contacted by The Associated Press.

Woods released a statement Sunday on tigerwoods.com, saying the accident was his fault, but he did not address any of the questions still swirling around it. He asked that it remain "a private matter," but with the Florida Highway Patrol still investigating and the media in full pursuit, Woods may not get his way.

Woods even faced questions from fans leaving comments on his own Web site. Most voiced support for the golfer, but some said he should address the questions about his own actions and those of his Nordegren before and after the accident.

What is driving intense media focus is Woods' refusal to speak to the Florida Highway Patrol about the circumstances of the crash, reports Pinkston. He has turned them away from his home three times.

But Woods' attorney did provide the police with Woods' drivers license, registration, and proof of insurance, as required by law.

Florida criminal defense attorney Roy Black told CBS' "The Early Show" Tuesday that Woods is in maintaining public silence on the matter.

"By talking to the police, by giving a press conference, by going to his golf tournament, this could only end up in disaster," Black said. "What is he going to tell the police, that he was having a fight with his wife and have his wife arrested? That would be a disaster to do anything like that.

"They're handling it exactly right: Don't talk to anybody. Keep it quiet. Hope it blows over."

Sharpe said the Adams family did not see the crash and did not see Woods' wife with a golf club.

"One thing we want to make clear is that Mrs. Woods' attitude was consistent with her being concerned about her injured husband," Sharpe said. "Mrs. Woods was trying to help him. Mrs. Woods was worried about her husband. She was concerned."

Sharpe says the Adams family hired him to get out the message that they've told investigators everything they know about the crash and aren't hiding anything.

Woods from his own golf tournament, citing injuries from the crash.

By skipping the tournament, Woods will escape the TV cameras and a horde of media seeking more details. The tournament was to be the last of the year for Woods anyway, and he did not say when or where he would make his return next year.

When healthy, he has made his season debut at Torrey Pines every year since 2006. The San Diego Invitational this year is scheduled the week of Jan. 25. That could mean Woods avoids the media for 10 weeks.