The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has executed a warrant to search the “black box” data of the SUV that Tiger Woods was driving when it crashed last week, CBS News confirmed. The story was first reported by USA Today.
Department spokesman James Nagao did not say more about the rollover accident investigation in which the golf legend sustained serious lower leg, ankle and foot injuries that required lengthy emergency surgery.
To obtain a warrant for the black box, USA Today noted, investigators must determine that there is probable cause for a crime to be involved, even if it is only a misdemeanor.
But, the newspaper said, a sheriff’s deputy “downplayed the warrant as a routine part of his investigation. He said he did not consider it a criminal investigation, but due diligence.”
In that regard, Deputy Sheriff John Schloegl told USA Today: “We have to reconstruct the traffic collision, if there was reckless driving, if someone was on their cell phone or something. We determine if there was a crime. crime, we closed the case and it was a regular traffic collision. “
USA Today also reported that the department decided it will not try to obtain a warrant for Woods’ blood, as it tries to find out if he was “under the influence of drugs” at the time.
Schloegl said there was “no probable cause” for obtaining such an order.
The day after the accident, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told a news conference: “We are not looking at any charges in this accident.”
As he rounded a curve in the highway, Woods’ vehicle struck the median and crossed into oncoming traffic, Villanueva said. The truck then hit the sidewalk and began to roll over before finally coming to a stop on an embankment about 30 meters from the road.
Villanueva said Woods, 45, could still face driving violations based on what the traffic investigation finds, but said a reckless driving charge, a misdemeanor, was not expected.
He had said before that there were no initial signs that Woods was affected.
Woods’ SUV, a 2021 Genesis GV80, was the only vehicle involved in the accident. Photos and video from the scene showed significant damage to the front of the vehicle. Golf clubs and other personal items were removed from the scene and a tow truck later removed the crumpled truck.
Doctors told CBS News they expect Woods to walk again, but health experts said the injuries will certainly affect his game.
– Brian Dakss, Zoe Christen Jones, Justin Carissimo, and Jordan Freiman contributed to this article.