Tiger Woods has not been able to provide investigators with much information about how or why he drove his car off the road last week, and that is because the 15-time major champion says he has no recollection of what happened.
USA Today Sports reviewed a copy of an affidavit for a search warrant to obtain the “black box” in the vehicle Woods was driving on Feb. 23. The documents show that Tiger told police at the crash scene that he did not remember driving. He said the same when he arrived at the hospital.
Woods was initially unconscious when a resident found him trapped in his car with blood on his face, according to the documents. He was awake by the time the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department arrived but did not know what happened.
“The deputies asked him how the collision occurred,” the affidavit states. “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.”
The form filed to obtain the search warrant for the black box claims data from the vehicle Woods was driving “constitutes evidence that tends to show the commission of a felony or misdemeanor offense.”
Tiger suffered multiple serious leg injuries in the crash, but there has been no mention of head trauma. Some forensic experts believe the details surrounding the accident point to Woods having been asleep at the wheel.
Authorities have said there were no signs of Woods being impaired at the time of the crash. In May 2017, Woods was arrested for a DUI in Florida when he was found asleep at the wheel of his car. He passed a breathalyzer at the time and was not drunk. However, a toxicology report later showed that Woods had five substances in his body: two painkillers, a tranquilizer, a sedative, and THC.
One report claimed Woods was driving erratically before he crashed his SUV last week.
Tiger Woods took note of his peers wearing Sunday red in his honor at the final day of the Cologuard Classic.
A number of golfers, including Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, wore red for the final round of Sunday’s tournament to pay tribute to Woods. Most of the golfers deviated from their usual outfits in a nod to Woods, who is recovering from Tuesday’s serious car accident.
Woods definitely noticed the tributes. On Sunday night, he sent a tweet thanking his fellow golfers for their support, adding that they are “truly helping me get through this tough time.”
Based on how severe the accident scene looked, Woods has a lot to be grateful for. The widespread support from fans, as well as his peers, is certainly among those things.
Tiger Woods has been on the minds of many golfers this week, and Phil Mickelson made it clear on Sunday that he was thinking about his longtime rival.
Mickelson, who typically wears all black on the final day of a tournament, showed up to the Cologuard Classic on Sunday wearing red and black. Woods, of course, is famous for his red and black outfits on Sundays.
Mickelson wore black and red at a Champions Tour event, while several other golfers wore red on the PGA Tour. Rory McIlroy had a red Nike shirt and black Nike hat, which is a classic Tiger combination. Others also broke out their red shirts:
Woods, of course, is recovering from injuries he sustained in a serious car accident on Tuesday. If you saw the footage from the crash site, you know that he is fortunate to be alive.
Mickelson and Woods haven’t always had the best relationship, so it was nice to see Phil join those paying tribute to Tiger.
Tiger Woods was already recovering from another back procedure at the time he sustained major injuries in a car crash on Tuesday, which has raised the question of whether he will ever play on the PGA Tour again. At least one doctor says you can count on it.
The famous Dr. Oz spoke with TMZ this week about Tiger’s leg injuries and surgical procedures. He said there is no reason to doubt Woods given his history and that he was fortunate enough to have the accident near a top-notch medical facility.
“He’s had a bunch of surgeries and bounced back when no one thought he could,” Dr. Oz said. “He had the luck of having his accident near a major trauma center with expertise in this area. I have great confidence that they managed this correctly.”
Dr. Oz went on to explain some of the challenges Woods is facing after suffering multiple fractures and muscle damage, but he said he expects the 15-time major champion to make a full recovery.
“Medically speaking, I think it’s six months until his bone is recovered to its original form. But then the muscles will have atrophied around it. They had to open up in order to prevent pressure from killing the leg, so that has to heal,” Dr. Oz said. “These are open wounds that are going to take a while and will need to atrophy, but he’ll build them back. Give him a year, allow him to recover from the emotional and physical trauma of this procedure, and I’ll bet on Tiger Woods every time.”
Dr. Oz compared Tiger’s injuries to Alex Smith’s devastating leg injury. He noted that Smith was able to return to playing a contact sport, which is one of the reasons he’s confident Woods will be back on the PGA Tour. He did not talk much about Tiger’s latest back procedure, however.
Anyone who saw the photos from the crash site on Tuesday knows that Tiger is lucky to be alive. He probably isn’t thinking much about golf at the moment, but it’s encouraging to hear that his injuries will not necessarily prevent him from playing professional golf in the future.
Authorities have said there was no evidence of Tiger Woods being impaired at the time he crashed his car, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva reiterated that on Wednesday.
In a video conference call with reporters, Villanueva said he does not anticipate Woods facing any charges from the crash. He bluntly said “no” when asked if Tiger could be charged with reckless driving, calling the incident “purely an accident.”
“We did not contemplate any charges whatsoever in this crash,” Villanueva said, according to TMZ. “This remains an accident. An accident is not a crime.”
As TMZ notes, there is a chance Woods could be cited if investigators determine he was using a cell phone at the time or was acting irresponsibly in some other way. Judging by Villanueva’s remarks, that seems highly unlikely to happen.
The LA County police chief and fire chiefs said Tuesday that Woods was traveling at a fast speed and there was no evidence of impairment. Tiger was extracted from the vehicle using the “jaws of life” after it rolled over. You can read more details about the crash here.
Woods suffered multiple serious leg injuries that required surgery. His family provided an update on his health following the procedures.
Tiger Woods suffered serious injuries in a car accident on Tuesday morning, but the 15-time major champion appears to be on the road to recovery.
Woods’ family released a statement early Wednesday morning confirming that Tiger underwent surgery after sustaining lower body injuries. A doctor from UCLA Medical Center said Woods had multiple fractures that were stabilized by inserting a rod into his leg. He also had screws and pins put into his foot and ankle.
Woods was said to be “awake, responsive and recovering” following the lengthy surgical procedure. You can read the full statement below:
Tiger had been recovering from his latest back procedure, so there is obviously concern that his golf career could be over. It’s far too early to make predictions about that, however.
Authorities say there were no signs that Woods was impaired at the time of his single-car crash. One report indicated he was driving dangerously well before the accident.
Tiger Woods was driving wildly even before crashing his car on Tuesday morning, according to one report.
Woods crashed his SUV while traveling from his hotel in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. to a Southern California golf venue on Tuesday morning. The golfer ended up with a broken ankle and two leg fractures and needed surgery for the injuries.
Prior to his car crash, which took place after 7:00 AM in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Woods nearly got into another collision.
TMZ reports that TV show “Grown-ish” was filming at the Terranea Resort where Woods was staying. TMZ says Woods nearly hit the show director’s car.
“Production sources tell TMZ, when the director arrived just before 7 AM, Tiger was driving his SUV very fast as he was leaving the property and almost hit the director’s car. The director was shaken enough to tell production staff about it after he parked,” TMZ reported.
Further along in his trip to the golf venue, Woods was traveling at a high speed down an area on Hawthorne Blvd. known for car crashes when he hit the center divider, curb, and a tree. Woods’ car flipped in the crash.
Authorities say there are no signs Woods was impaired at the time of the crash.
Tiger Woods’ DUI history led many to wonder whether the golfer was impaired during his car crash on Tuesday morning. The answer from authorities is no.
Woods was involved in a single-car crash in Southern California on Tuesday morning. Woods was in Los Angeles where his foundation hosted The Genesis Invitational from Thursday-Sunday. He remained in the area, staying at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. to take part in some video shoots with fellow athletes. He did some shoots on Monday and was heading to the Rolling Hills Country Club, according to some outlets, early Tuesday for more shooting. Other outlets have said he was headed to Riviera Country Club, further away. That’s when he crashed his car and flipped it over the side of the road (more details here on where it occurred).
Woods was extracted from the car with the “jaws of life” and taken to the hospital, where he underwent surgery for a broken ankle and leg fractures.
No other cars being involved in the crash led some to wonder whether Woods was impaired. The LA County police chief and fire chief said that Woods was traveling at a fast speed and there was no evidence of impairment.
In May 2017, Woods was arrested for a DUI in Florida. He passed a breathalyzer at the time and was not drunk. However, a toxicology report later showed that Woods had five substances in his body: two painkillers, a tranquilizer, a sedative, and THC.
Authorities are currently saying there is no evidence that Woods was impaired on Tuesday.
Tiger Woods was involved in a serious car crash on Tuesday morning in Southern California that resulted in his hospitalization.
Woods was traveling from his hotel in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. to Rolling Hills Country Club about 20 minutes away (other outlets have said he was traveling to Riviera Country Club). He was going downhill at a high speed on Hawthorne Blvd., which some local residents describe as a speed trap.
Here is a look at the intersection nearby where the crash occurred:
Woods’ vehicle continued further down Hawthorne past the Blackhorse Road intersection, hit the center divider, a curb, and a tree as it rolled off the road. The golfer ended up with a broken ankle and two leg fractures and needed surgery for the injuries.
He was rescued from the car with the “jaws of life” and the windshield from the heavily damaged vehicle had to be removed. Woods was said to be lucky to be alive.
Tiger Woods was involved in a serious car accident on Tuesday that left him hospitalized, and Justin Thomas was among those who were seriously concerned for the 15-time major champion.
Thomas, who has become one of Tiger’s closest friends on the PGA Tour, was asked about the crash during his media availability at the WGC-Workday Championship. He fought back tears and said he is worried for Tiger’s two children.
Woods has a daughter, Sam, and son, Charlie. He has spoken extensively in recent years about the importance of spending more time with them. Charlie already looks like he has the makings of a golf superstar, and the similarities he has to his father are mind-blowing.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement on Tuesday that the car Woods was driving crashed and rolled over. Footage from the scene showed Tiger’s SUV on its side and extremely damaged. You can see a photo here.
Woods’ agent said Tiger sustained multiple leg injuries and was undergoing surgery.