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L.A. cops execute search warrant for Tiger Woods SUV data

USA Today reports that Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department retrieves ‘black box’ of vehicle data from Woods’ crashed SUV

Reported: By USA Today, that a search warrant has been executed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to obtain data from the “black box” in the vehicle that Tiger Woods crashed on Feb. 23, the newspaper confirmed, citing law-enforcement sources. To obtain the warrant, investigators would need to establish probable cause that a crime had been committed, even if only a misdemeanor. Woods shattered his right leg and injured his foot and ankle, requiring emergency surgery and a subsequent follow-up procedure. He remained hospitalized in Los Angeles. Investigators did not seek a warrant to obtain Woods’ blood after first-responders said that he did not appear to be impaired and was “lucid” in his responses with rescue personnel. Shortly after the incident, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods would not be criminally charged, calling the crash “an accident.” A sheriff’s deputy said the search warrant was a routine part of the investigation, USA Today reported. “We've got to reconstruct the traffic collision, if there was any reckless driving, if somebody was on their cell phone or something like that,” deputy John Schloegl told the newspaper. “We determine if there was a crime. If there was no crime, we close out the case, and it was a regular traffic collision.”

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