Tiger Woods' Neighbor To Have Lawyer Speak

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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The neighbor believed to have called 911 after Tiger Woods' car crash last week is sending a lawyer out to talk with the media about what he saw.

Attorney Bill Sharpe is representing the family of Linda Adams, including her son Jarius, who is believed to be the 911 caller. The family are neighbors of Tiger Woods in a luxury gated community near Orlando.

Sharpe said the family wants its privacy respected. The attorney said his partner will answer any media questions Tuesday morning at their law office in Orlando.

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Woods , citing injuries from the crash in the wee hours of the morning last Friday, when his SUV hit a fire hydrant and a tree.

"I am extremely disappointed that I will not be at my tournament this week," Woods said in a statement posted on his Web site. "I am certain it will be an outstanding event and I'm very sorry that I can't be there."

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 wife, Elin Nordegren, before and after the accident.

Police reports say Nordegren used a golf club to break the windshield and pull him out of the driver's seat.

What is driving intense media focus is Woods' refusal to speak to the Florida Highway Patrol about the circumstances of the crash, reports CBS News correspondent Randall 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.

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, Pinkston reports.

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."

Florida authorities may be seeking a search warrant to try and determine whether the injuries he sustained were caused during the car crash or prior to it, Pinkston reports.

Florida law enforcement officials, however, deny they are seeking any search warrants.