The woman who denies a tabloid's claim she had an affair with Tiger Woods arrived in Los Angeles today to meet with her new lawyer, while the world's greatest golfer continued to dodge authorities investigating a solo-vehicle crash that sent him to a hospital.

Woods, 33, was backing out of his driveway in Isleworth, near Orlando, Fla., at 2:25 a.m. Friday when his Cadillac Escalade sheared off a fire hydrant and hit a neighbor's tree, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Initially reported to be in serious condition and in and out of consciousness, he was treated at a hospital and released in good condition.

Authorities said Woods' wife, Swedish super model Elin Nordigren, used a golf club to break a window in the SUV to get Woods out after the crash, but TMZ.com reported the couple argued and that Nordigren broke the window in anger.

The accident occurred two days after the National Enquirer reported he was having an affair with Rachel Uchitel, who has been described as a ``party girl'' and hostess at a VIP nightclub in Manhattan.

Uchitel has denied the report and hired celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who picked her up at midday at Los Angeles International Airport, amid a swarm of paparazzi.

``We're going to meet and at some point we'll decide what the next step is,'' Allred said as the pair posed in a baggage claim area. Her remarks were picked up by a video camera for TMZ, which posted it online.

She also said her client would have no immediate comment. Uchitel, who has angrily denied the Enquirer's report, first entered the public eye when her fiancee was killed in the Twin Towers attack of 2001. Since then she has been the subject of occasional gossip page items.

For the third time today, Woods declined to be interviewed by Florida Highway Patrol investigators, but did release a terse statement saying he isn't perfect.

``As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries,'' he said in the five-paragraph statement. ``I have some cuts, bruising and right now I'm pretty sore.

``This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I'm human and I'm not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn't happen again.

``This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.

``The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false.''

Woods is scheduled to host the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks later this week, but it was unclear whether he will be there.