Story at a glance

  • USA Today reports Woods told deputies at the scene of the crash he had no memory driving or how the Feb. 23 crash occurred.
  • Woods suffered multiple leg injuries and underwent surgery after being transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
  • Authorities said information from the SUV’s black box would help determine what caused the accident.

Golf legend Tiger Woods told police he had no memory of driving the day he was seriously injured in a single-vehicle car crash near Los Angeles, according to an affidavit obtained by USA Today

Woods on Feb. 23 was traveling on a Southern California road in a loaner SUV when he drove over a center median into southbound lanes, hit a tree and rolled the vehicle several times. Photos of the accident showed the SUV badly damaged at the bottom of a grassy embankment.


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An affidavit for a search warrant submitted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to obtain the “black box” of the vehicle revealed Woods told sheriff’s deputies on the scene he had no memory of driving or how the crash occurred. He later said the same thing at the hospital. 

Woods suffered multiple leg injuries and underwent surgery after being transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He has since been moved to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he is undergoing further treatment. 

“The deputies asked him how the collision occurred,” the affidavit read. “Driver said he did not know and did not even remember driving ... 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.” 

Authorities said information from the SUV’s black box would help determine what caused the accident. 

While a warrant was filed to obtain the black box, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the investigation into the collision is not criminal, according to the news outlet. 

“The investigators in the accident, or in the collision, they did a search warrant to seize in essence the black box of the vehicle,” Villanueva said. 

“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 the impact. And with that, they’ll have more information they can attribute the cause of the accident,” he said. 

Villanueva said authorities did not seek a warrant to test Woods’s blood to see whether he was under the influence, saying police needed evidence of impairment to do so. 

Woods was arrested on charges of DUI in 2017 when police found him asleep at the wheel in Florida. Toxicology reports found he had several drugs in his system.


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Published on Mar 05, 2021