Tiger Woods Reportedly Doesn’t Remember Driving The Day Of His Crash
We’ve been told that Tiger Woods won’t be charged for the single-vehicle crash he was involved in last week, because law enforcement authorities didn’t believe he was driving recklessly. They also didn’t want to test his blood for drugs or alcohol, because, again, they didn’t think he was driving recklessly. According to police, it was an “accident” that was maybe caused by driving too fast. That kind of makes it sound like the only questions police had for Tiger was, “Can you autograph this Nike hat for me?“, but that’s not the case. Police want to know what happened that day. But because Tiger’s memory hasn’t really been much help, USA Today is reporting that police have since filed a request for a search warrant to get the black box from his vehicle.
USA Today obtained a copy of the affidavit for the search warrant, filed recently by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Johann Schoegl, and according to the affidavit, police need the black box because Tiger has been giving them shit to go off of. The affidavit states that Tiger was originally found unconscious in the 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV that was on-loan to him (he was in town for a gold tournament, and was staying at the Terranea Resort in Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA). Police claim Tiger had blood on his face and chin, and that when he came to, he was unable to tell them what happened. He also allegedly told police he didn’t even remember driving. When he got to the hospital, he reportedly told the same story: that he didn’t know what happened, and that he didn’t remember driving.
According to the affidavit, the black box will be able to tell police pretty much everything they need to piece together what might have happened.
Police grabbing the black box sounds like some high-stress second-act drama from an HBO miniseries about Tiger’s life. But Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva explicitly states this is just a regular ol’ fill-out-some-papers investigation, and not a suspicious criminal investigation. via USA Today:
“The investigators in the accident, or in the collision, they did a search warrant to seize in essence the black box of the vehicle. And that’s all it is. And they’re going to go through it and see if they can find out what was the performance of the vehicle, what was happening at the time of impact. And with that, they’ll have more information they can attribute the cause of the accident. And that’s all it is, and we’ll leave it at that, OK?”
Meanwhile, car accident reconstruction experts who spoke to USA Today say that based on the info they have, like the fact that Tiger was reportedly going a little too fast, and the location of the collision, it looks like Tiger might have just not been paying attention.
Evidence in the case indicated that Woods was not paying attention and had a “very delayed response” to the emergency when his vehicle left the road before crashing that day.
One said it looked like a classic case of being asleep at the wheel, because Woods’ vehicle went straight into a median instead of staying with the road as it curved right. He then kept going straight into opposing lanes, then off the road, where he hit a tree and his vehicle rolled over. The vehicle traveled about 400 feet after hitting the median. There was no apparent evidence of braking on the road.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva maintains that there’s no evidence suggesting that Tiger’s blood should be tested, and that he’s certain this isn’t a case of impaired driving. I’m sure the black box will provide the missing clues. A vehicle’s black box can show way more than just speed. It can provide information like the position of the throttle, brake application, airbag deployment, seat belt use, and steering angles. A fully-loaded Genesis GV80 SUV can cost $70,000, so I’m sure it could also tell how loud Tiger was belting out “Return of the Mack,” if he was doing such a thing. To be fair, we don’t need a black box to tell us that. If the radio was on, that’s probably what he was singing along to.