ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, California (AP) – A man found Tiger Woods unconscious in a distorted jeep after the golf star crashed his car in Southern California, authorities said in court documents received on Friday.
The man, who lives near the site at Rolling Hills Estates, heard the crash and drove to the jeep, Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff Johan Schlogl said in a statement.
The man told lawmakers that Woods would not answer his questions. First deputy on stage Carlos Gonzalez said Woods was able to talk to him and answer key questions. Woods told lawmakers ̵
Law enforcement has not previously revealed that Woods was unconscious after the crash. Earlier, officials said the jeep overturned, although Schloegl’s description of the crash did not include that.
The information came in a statement with a probable reason seeking approval of a search warrant for the Genesis SUV recorder, known as a black box.. Schloegl requested data from 22 February and 23 February. The crash happened around 7 am on February 23.
“I believe the data will explain how / why the collision occurred,” Schloegl wrote.
Sheriff’s representatives declined to say what was found in the recorder.
“Currently, the LASD does not publish additional information,” Deputy Du Busqui, a spokesman for the department, said in a statement on Friday. “The investigation into the collision with traffic continues and road investigators continue to work to determine the cause of the collision.”
The man mentioned in the court documents did not immediately return the requests for comment from the Associated Press.
Woods drove a 2021 GV80, manufactured by luxury brand Hyundai, as the host of the Genesis Invitational tournament at the Riviera Country Club. The SUV veered off the road to Los Angeles County and crashed on a descent known for ruins.
Dr. Andre Campbell, a traumatologist at the Zuckerberg General Hospital and Trauma Center in San Francisco, said it is not uncommon for patients in major accidents to lose consciousness or have memory lapses – especially if they have received head injuries.
“It’s a credit to modern engineering that he’s alive,” said Campbell, who is not involved in Woods’ treatment and speaks generally about trauma patients.
Campbell said the loss of consciousness could last only a few seconds or a few minutes or even a few hours. Memory loss may never return, he said.
“Many times people will tell you, ‘I don’t remember what happened,'” he said.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said that Woods drove alone in good weather, there was no evidence of injury and the accident was “purely an accident”.
Schlogl previously told USA Today that he had not requested an order to search for Woods’ blood samples, which could be tested for drugs and alcohol.
In 2017, Woods enrolled in a prescription drug clinic after a DUI fee in Florida.
Woods’ right leg was injured in the crash, requiring prolonged surgery to stabilize the broken shin bones and fibula in his right leg. A combination of screws and pins are used for ankle and foot injuries.
It was the 10th operation of his career and came two months after the fifth back operation. Woods has never been through a whole year without playing, dating back to his first event on the PGA Tour as a 16-year-old in high school.