Witnesses have said Atwal and John N. Park were driving at or near 100 mph in a 45 mph zone last year when Park failed to negotiate a turn, sending his Mercedes CLS 55 AMG airborne into a tree. Prosecutors determined Thursday that Atwal wouldn't face criminal charges.
'The two racing vehicles did not come into contact with each other,' assistant state attorney Robert Eagan wrote. 'There is no evidence that either vehicle was driven in a manner causing the other to brake or evade the other.'
Atwal could only be charged with participating in a street race, Eagan said. But he won't even be charged with that, because the State Attorney's office wasn't given a citation on it by the Florida Highway Patrol, prosecutor's spokeswoman Danielle Tavernier said.
FHP investigators recommended Atwal be charged with vehicular homicide.
Atwal and Park, who did not know each other, were driving in March 2007 on a suburban road connecting the Walt Disney World resorts and upscale communities west of Orlando.
Atwal joined the PGA TOUR in 2003 as its first Indian-born player, but lost his card after failing to finish in the top 125. He won the Malaysian Open on Sunday and finished second on the Nationwide Tour's Panama Movistar Championship in January.
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