The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is examining data from the “black box” recorder of the SUV driven by Tiger Woods last week when the champion golfer lost control of the vehicle and seriously injured his leg and ankle in a one-car crash.
Investigators would not say what they were looking for, but in the days after the crash have been trying to determine what caused Woods, 45, to lose control of the vehicle.
“Traffic collision investigators are continuing the investigation into the cause of the collision involving Mr. Woods,” Deputy Trina Schrader said in a statement emailed to Reuters on Wednesday.
“On March 1, 2021, they executed a search warrant to retrieve data from the vehicles ‘black box.’ At this time, there is no additional information regarding the recovered data.”
Woods was negotiating a curved, downhill stretch of highway that authorities have said was notoriously dangerous when the luxury SUV veered across the opposite lanes, collided with a road sign and rolled several times.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said last week that he did not anticipate filing any criminal charges in connection with the accident.
Sheriff’s deputies responding to the wreck found no indication that Woods had been under the influence of alcohol or drugs and said he was “lucid” following the accident.
“This remains an accident and an accident is not a crime,” Villanueva said at a news briefing.
“They do happen, unfortunately.”
Woods, celebrated as one of golf’s all-time greats, had to be pried from the crumpled SUV through the shattered windshield.
Woods is the only modern professional to win all four major golf titles in succession, taking the US Open, British Open and PGA Championship in 2000 and the Masters title in 2001, a feat that became known as the “Tiger Slam.”
His 15 major titles stand second only to the record 18 won by Jack Nicklaus.
But he has suffered years of injuries and undergone multiple surgeries on his back and knees, limiting his ability to compete.
Woods’ ‘inner demons’ discussed
Tiger Woods is set to open up on his inner demons in a new ESPN documentary that will be released just days after the horror car accident that left him with serious leg injuries.
The documentary is entitled ‘GOATs: The Greatest of All Time’, and will also feature interviews from legends of the sporting world including Michael Jordan and the late Kobe Bryant.
In his appearance on the documentary, which was filmed prior to last week’s devastating car crash in Los Angeles, Woods discusses the powerful impact of golf on his own life.
The 15-time major winner reveals how he developed resilience through the sport, which he says is all about “competing within myself.”
“I have to overcome all my inner demons to perform, ’cause no one’s gonna bail me out,” Woods said in an excerpt of the documentary seen by People.
“It’s not like… (you have) a bad game and just sit out.
“We’re stuck out there by ourselves. And you have to figure it out. And that’s the difficulty about our sport, is no one’s gonna bail us out.”
The 45-year-old also shared some insight into his experiences in golf as a junior, and how they gave him the confidence to know he could become a great of the sport.
One particularly poignant experience was Woods’ victory as an eight-year-old in the 10-and-under division of the Junior World Championships.
After two years of falling short in the competition, the victory made Woods the youngest person to ever win the event.
“(It) showed me that I could play against the world’s best, even though I was only 8 years old,” Woods said.
“It got me started on the right path — I had the self-belief that I could do it,” he said.
“Coming back (after losing my first two years) to become the youngest ever to win the event, that meant a lot to me.”
– With 7NEWS