Sheriff says ‘black box’ details from Feb. 23 rollover incident will not be released without Woods’ approval, citing privacy concerns
Investigators in Los Angeles have asked Tiger Woods through his representatives for permission to release details from the “black box” data recorder of the luxury SUV that the golfer crashed Feb. 23, according to media reports Wednesday.
Mark Steinberg, who represents Woods for Excel Sports, did not respond to an emailed request for comment from the news service.
Woods was involved in a one-car crash in which his vehicle left the road, crossed a median, struck a sign and uprooted a tree before running through two lanes of oncoming traffic, overturning and seriously injuring him. No other motorists or pedestrians were involved. Woods has undergone at least two rounds of surgery to repair his broken right leg, ankle and foot. He reportedly is recovering at his home in Jupiter, Fla.
In a news conference shortly after the incident, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department called the crash “purely an accident” and said that no criminal charges would be filed. Investigators did not seek to obtain a search warrant for Woods’ blood sample, which could be screened for substances that might indicate whether he had been impaired. However, law enforcement later sought the contents of the vehicle’s data recorder, citing the investigation.
Woods told investigators that he did not remember driving. Now, the Sheriff’s Department’s privacy concerns could keep the data from the mangled 2021 Genesis GV80 away from public scrutiny.
“We have all the contents of the black box; we’ve got everything,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. “It’s completed, signed, sealed and delivered. However, we can’t release it without the permission of the people involved in the collision.”
No felony or misdemeanor complaints have been filed against Woods, a spokesman for the county’s district attorney told The Associated Press.
Woods grew up in the Los Angeles area and was in town as host of the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational, which benefits his foundation. He had been recovering from back surgery and had not competed in 2021.
Woods, 45, remains tied with Sam Snead for the all-time victories mark on the PGA Tour, with 82. With 15 major championships, Woods trails only Jack Nicklaus’ 18 in that department.
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