Police and first responders said golfer Tiger Woods was awake and alert when they first arrived at the scene of his single-car crash last week. Woods remains in the hospital recovering from serious leg injuries after his SUV careened off of a Los Angeles road and into a tree.
According to reports CNN obtained, Woods was speaking when help first arrived at the crash site. When they asked him what happened, Woods said he wasn’t sure. He repeated that he “did not even remember driving,” the document said. Even at the hospital he still said he couldn’t remember driving that day.
First responders noted that Woods showed no sign of intoxication or being under the influence, the report said. But police have not determined the cause of the crash.
Woods severely damaged his right leg in the crash. Doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center center had to reset his leg bones with a metal rod and set his ankle and foot with several screws. Experts say Woods is facing a very long recovery time and his return to professional golf is unlikely.
Police Seize Key Piece From Woods’ SUV for Investigation
Shortly after the wreck, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office said the wreck was “purely accidental.” But investigators have walked that back in recent days. A judge granted police a search warrant for the “black box,” the computer inside the car that records all of the vehicle data, from inside’s Woods’ SUV, TMZ first reported.
The search warrant “may provide information regarding the use of brakes and the accelerator by the driver” and any other potential factors in the crash, the affidavit CNN obtained said. Police will use the data on the box in part to determine whether to charge Woods with a crime, such as reckless driving.
“The investigators in the accident, or the collision, they did a search warrant to seize in essence the black box of the vehicle,” LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Wednesday, according to Fox News. “And that’s all it is. 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 impact. And with that, they’ll have more information they can attribute the cause of the accident. And that’s all it is, and we’ll leave it at that, OK?”
“To me, this is like a classic case of falling asleep behind the wheel, because the road curves and his vehicle goes straight,” Jonathan Cherney told USA Today.