The Los Angeles County sheriff says detectives have determined what caused Tiger Woods to crash his SUV last month in Los Angeles but would not release details, citing “unspecified privacy concerns for the golf star,” ABC News reports.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, “We have all the contents of the black box, we’ve got everything. It’s completed, signed, sealed and delivered. However, we can’t release it without the permission of the people involved in the collision.” Detectives obtained a search warrant for the data recorder of Woods’ 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV, known as a black box. Villanueva did not disclose what data had been found in the black box. “A cause has been determined, the investigation has concluded,” he said.
Upon his claim that investigators needs permission from woods, Villanueva said, “we have reached out to Tiger Woods and his personnel. There’s some privacy issues on releasing information on the investigation so we’re going to ask them if they waive the privacy and then we will be able to do a full release on all the information regarding the accident.”
Woods suffered serious injuries in the February 23 crash when he struck a raised median around 7 a.m. in Rolling Hills Estates, just outside Los Angeles. The Genesis SUV he was driving crossed through two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree on a downhill stretch that police said is known for wrecks. Woods is in Florida recovering from multiple surgeries. Woods suffered multiple open fractures to his lower right leg, and he had a rod placed in his tibia and screws and pins inserted in his foot and ankle during the surgery.
Woods told deputies at the time he did not know how the crash occurred and didn’t remember driving. He was unconscious when a witness first approached the mangled SUV. But a sheriff’s deputy said the athlete later appeared to be in shock but was conscious and able to answer basic questions.