Police execute search warrant in Tiger Woods crash investigation

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Tiger Woods (pictured right) during a tournament and his SUV after his crash (pictured left) last week in LA.
Traffic investigators have executed a search warrant to obtain the 'Black Box' in Tiger Woods' (pictured right) SUV after his crash (pictured left) last week in LA. (Getty Images)

Detectives have executed a search warrant to retrieve Tiger Woods' SUV 'Black Box' after his terrifying crash in Los Angeles last week.

This week, video has emerged of Woods driving just moments before the shocking crash that put him in hospital.

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The 15-time major winner has undergone two surgeries after two compound fractures to his right leg suffered in the single-vehicle crash.

Police said Woods survived "what would otherwise have been a fatal crash" on Tuesday morning because the interior of his vehicle remained largely intact.

Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Gonzalez was one of the first people on the scene and said Woods wasn't aware of how badly he was injured at the time and had no recollection of the crash.

He also claimed there was 'no evidence of impairment' following the crash.

But LA Country Sheriff's Office announced the traffic investigators executed a search warrant to obtain the 'Black Box' for the data.

The information has not yet been released to the public.

The 2021 GV80, made by the Hyundai luxury brand, is likely to have a newer version of the 'Black Box', which is named after the data recording device in aeroplanes.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva faced criticism last week after quickly labelling the incident as "purely an accident".

But the sheriff said the data from the recording device will help “see if they can find out what was the performance of the vehicle," and "what was happening at the time of impact."

California Law allows law enforcement to obtain recording devices in crashes that result in death or serious injury.

Tiger Woods speaks for first time since accident

A post from the golfer's Twitter account said the 45-year-old "received follow-up procedures" on his injuries at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre on Friday morning.

"The procedures were successful, and he is now recovering and in good spirits," the tweet signed TGR added.

Open fractures to the 45-year-old's tibia and fibula and further injuries to his foot and ankle were stabilised during surgery with the insertion of a rod, screws and pins.

But during his recovery, Woods spoke for the first time and thanked his fellow golfers for a touching gesture.

Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies gather evidence from the car that golf legend Tiger Woods was driving when seriously injured in a rollover accident on February 23, 2021 in Rolling Hills Estates, California.
Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies gather evidence from the car that golf legend Tiger Woods was driving when seriously injured in a rollover accident on February 23, 2021 in Rolling Hills Estates, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Several golf stars - including Australia's Jason Day - took to the course at the World Golf Championship event in Florida on Sunday emulating the wardrobe of Woods.

Wearing a red shirt and black pants, the players honoured the golf great by wearing his signature outfit that he dons on the final day of tournaments.

"It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the tv and saw all the red shirts," Woods tweeted.

"To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time."

with Agencies

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