The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant on Monday to obtain data from the so-called black box in the SUV that Tiger Woods was driving when he was seriously injured in an accident last week.
In order to obtain an arrest warrant, it is necessary to determine the likely cause of a crime, even if it is just a misdemeanor. A sheriff’s assistant downplayed the warrant as a routine for USA Today Sports Tuesday, saying he viewed it as a duty of care.
“We’re trying to determine whether a crime has been committed,” said Sheriff’s deputy John Schloegl. “If someone is involved in a traffic accident, we have to reconstruct the traffic accident, if there was reckless driving, if someone was on their cell phone or something. We determine if there was a crime. If there was no crime.” Crime, let’s close the case and it was a regular traffic accident. “
During a live social media event on Wednesday. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the new data could provide more information about the cause of the accident.
“And that’s all, and we’re leaving it at that,” he said.
The black box data can indicate a vehicle’s speed, steering angle, acceleration and braking activity. There was no information about what was found in the Genesis SUV’s black box, Deputy Trina Schrader said in a statement Wednesday.
“When it comes to getting an arrest warrant or downloading it from the car, we just do it automatically,” Schloegl told USA Today Sports. “We want answers, so we take this route.”
Schloegl also said there was “no likely reason” for an arrest warrant to obtain Woods’ blood, which would help determine if he was under the influence of medication.
He said Woods’ camp was cooperative.
Villanueva said last week that the crash was “an accident only” and that his department will not bring charges against Woods over the February 23 single-car accident near the Rolling Hills Estates-Rancho Palos Verdes border, about 30 miles south of downtown from Los Angeles.
Villanueva said the department viewed it as an accident that could at most result in crime.
“The sheriff spoke about the information known at the time and said it appeared to be a traffic accident,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement to USA Today Sports on Tuesday. “However, the investigation into the traffic accidents is (ongoing) and traffic investigators have not drawn any conclusions as to the cause of the collision.”
Woods, 45, is recovering at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. According to Dr. Anish Mahajan was relocated from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center “to continue orthopedic care and recovery.”
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.