Tiger Woods told cops he didn’t even remember driving before his crash – as it’s revealed judge listed lack of skid marks on the road and damage to his SUV as probable cause for recovering the black box to find out if he was driving recklessly
- Woods crashed on February 23 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California
- It was 7am and he’d been driving for just 12 minutes when he drove across the central reservation and rolled his car several times
- There were no skid marks – suggesting he didn’t brake or try to stop the crash
- Forensic experts have speculated that he may have been asleep at the wheel
- A judge signed a warrant for the SUV black box, citing possible misdemeanor reckless driving as the suspected crime
- They said the lack of skid marks, the fact he hit several objects and that no other car contributed to the crash are all reasons to probe more
- Initially, the sheriff’s deputies who responded insisted the crash was ‘purely an accident’ and ‘no crime’ had been committed
- They did not perform drug or alcohol tests on him because he seemed lucid and alert when they found him
Tiger Woods told police he didn’t even remember driving before he crashed
Tiger Woods told police he didn’t even remember driving before he crashed, it has been revealed, amid growing questions over the golfer’s condition before the accident last week which smashed his leg, and suspicion over whether or not he was asleep at the wheel.
Woods told police immediately after the crash that he didn’t remember the accident but it has since emerged in police reports that he also told them he did not remember driving in the moments beforehand.
He had been driving for 12 minutes before he flipped his car on a road in Rancho Palos Verdes on February 23 while on his way to a golf course to film a show with NFL stars.
Police did not obtain a warrant to take his blood and test it for alcohol or drugs, claiming he was completely lucid and alert when they found him so there was no probable cause for it, but they did get one for the black box inside the Genesis SUV he was driving.
The affidavit for the search warrant lays out how he was first found by a neighbor, unconscious, but that he was awake by the time cops arrived.
He did not remember the crash, nor did he remember driving, it says.
‘The deputies asked him how the collision occurred’ at the scene of the crash, according to the affidavit.
‘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.’
Woods’ SUV was wrecked in the collision. The judge said the lack of skid marks on the road and the fact his was the only vehicle involved are suggestive of reckless driving
Authorities have recovered a black box from the SUV to determine if a crime was committed
There were no skid marks on the road where Tiger crashed which suggests he did not brake
According to TMZ, the warrant was signed by a judge who believes there is suspicion of misdemeanor reckless driving. Because there were no skid marks at the site, it suggests he never braked or tried to stop himself from crossing over the central reservation then flipping over.
The judge also listed the objects struck by the SUV before it came to rest, the fact it was a single vehicle collision, Tiger’s injuries as well, vehicle damage and excessive speed as other reasons to recover the black box.
Forensic experts say he was likely asleep at the wheel and that is why he didn’t try to stop the vehicle from crashing.
Initially, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the crash was an ‘accident’ and nothing more but there are growing questions over whether or not that is the case.
The cop who first found Tiger admitted in interviews that he recognized him and that Tiger introduced himself when he was found.
Police say Woods was travelling at high speed when he hit a raised central reservation, smashed through a wooden road sign, splintered a tree and then rolled his SUV off the wrong side of the road where it came to rest at the bottom of an embankment
The pro-golfer has a history of vehicle crashes.
In 2017, he crashed in Jupiter, Florida, while driving with a cocktail of prescription pain medication in his system.
He had a severe dependency on pain killers after undergoing brutal back surgeries.
Tiger had his most recent back surgery in December this year and it has prevented him from playing competitively.
The day he crashed, he had just completed a busy weekend of commercial work, hosting the PGA Genesis Invitational.
He had filmed one day of content for GolfTV the day before the crash and was on his way to film another.