LA sheriff’s office gets warrant for ‘black box’ in Tiger Woods SUV
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant on Tuesday to obtain the “black box” recording device from the vehicle golfer Tiger Woods was driving on the night of his crash last week.
A spokeswoman for the department said no information about what the black box had recorded was immediately available.
“Traffic collision investigators are continuing the investigation into the cause of the collision involving Mr. Woods,” Deputy Trina Schrader said. “On March 1, 2021, they executed a search warrant to retrieve data from the vehicle’s ‘black box.’ At this time, there is no additional information regarding the recovered data.”
In a separate comment to USA Today, the department characterized the warrant as routine.
“We’re trying to determine if a crime was committed,” Deputy John Schloegl said, according to the newspaper. “If somebody is involved in a traffic collision, we’ve got to reconstruct the traffic collision, if there was any reckless driving, if somebody was on their cell phone or something like that. We determine if there was a crime. If there was no crime, we close out the case, and it was a regular traffic collision.”
“As far as getting a warrant or getting the download from the car, we just do it automatically,” Schloegl added. “We want answers, so that’s the route we take.”
Woods, arguably the most famous golfer in the world, crashed his SUV in a ditch after striking a sign, crossing a median and entering oncoming traffic lanes. Responding deputies said that Woods was lucky to not have been injured more seriously or even killed. He remains in the hospital recovering from “significant” injuries.
Authorities have said that there is no evidence yet to support claims that Woods was impaired before the crash, though an investigation continues.
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