When Tiger Woods crashed his car in Southern California last week, he told sheriff’s deputies he didn’t remember the driving or how the accident happened, according to a Los Angeles County affidavit for a vehicle black box search warrant.
Woods was driving on February 23 in Rancho Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles, shortly after 7 a.m. PT, when his Genesis SUV struck a “Welcome to Rolling Hills Estates” sign, passed through a center divider and drove through. over 150 feet on the shoulder through shrubs and uprooted trees before stopping on the driver’s side, according to the affidavit.
Woods suffered injuries and cuts to his face and multiple fractures and compound fractures to his right leg, according to the affidavit.
The documents, obtained by CNN, indicate that Woods regained consciousness before sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene of the crash. As he sat in the driver’s seat of the vehicle with blood on his face and chin, Woods told MPs he had no recollection of the drive or how the collision happened .
“MPs asked him how the collision happened. The driver said he didn’t know and didn’t even remember driving,” the affidavit read. “The driver was treated for his injuries in hospital and asked again how the collision happened. He reiterated that he did not know and did not remember driving.
A witness also approached the vehicle after hearing the crash and noticed that Woods was “unconscious and not answering his questions,” wrote Deputy Johann Schloegl, the crash investigator at the crash. .
There was no evidence that Woods was impaired by drugs or alcohol, according to interviews with first responders cited in the affidavit.
The SUV was provided to Woods by the sponsor of the golf tournament he hosted the previous weekend. The LA County Sheriff’s Office told CNN in a statement earlier this week that it executed a search warrant for the black box in the courtesy vehicle.
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The data stored in the box, as well as “several data logging modules” in the vehicle, “may provide information regarding the use of the brakes and throttle by the driver” as well as other factors which may affect determine the cause of the accident, the affidavit said.
Speaking to USA Today, Schloegl said on Tuesday that the search warrant was only due diligence and that he did not view the investigation as a criminal investigation.
“If someone is involved in a road collision, we have to piece together the road collision, if there was reckless driving, if someone was on their cell phone or something,” Schloegl told the network. . “We are determining if there has been a crime. If there was no crime, we close the case, and it was a regular traffic collision.
Authorities have previously said they believe the incident was ‘purely an accident’, but they would have to remove the black box event recorder from the vehicle to make that decision.
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