When Tiger Woods crashed his car last week, he told sheriff’s deputies that he had no recollection of driving or how the accident happened, according to a Los Angeles County affidavit for a search warrant of the vehicle’s black box.
The golf legend was driving on February 23, near Los Angeles, when his Genesis SUV hit a “Welcome to Rolling Hills Estates” sign, crossed a center divider and travelled more than 150 feet across the shoulder of the road through shrubbery and uprooted tree before coming to a stop on the driver’s side, according to the affidavit.
Woods sustained injuries and cuts to his face and multiple fractures and compound fractures to his right leg, the affidavit said.
Woods regained consciousness before sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene of the crash. While he remained sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle with blood on his face and chin, Woods told the deputies he had no recollection of driving or how the collision occurred.
“The deputies asked him how the collision occurred. Driver said he did not know and did not even remember driving,” the affidavit read. “Driver was treated for his injuries at the hospital and was asked there again how the collision occurred. He repeated that he did not know and did not remember driving.”
There was no evidence Woods was impaired by drugs or alcohol, according to first responder interviews cited by the affidavit.
Authorities believe the incident was “purely an accident” but they would have to pull the black box event recorder from the vehicle to make that determination.
The data stored in the box, along with “several data recording modules” in the vehicle, “may provide information regarding the use of brakes and the accelerator by the driver” as well as other factors that could determine the cause of the crash, the affidavit said.