Did Tiger Woods cause his car accident? See the latest news
Police have officially obtained a search warrant to retrieve the “black box” from the inside of Tiger Woods’s luxury SUV, as a judge reportedly suspects there’s probable cause a crime may have been committed. This is all, of course, in relation to Tiger Woods’s nearly deadly car accident two weeks ago near Los Angeles, California.
The accident, which occurred on February 23rd, 2021, saw Woods rollover his SUV in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, a single-vehicle collision that forced first responders to pry out the iconic golfer with the jaws of life. Woods, who suffered multiple leg injuries due to the accident, was the center of many news stories, as some suspected drugs could’ve played a role in this accident, given the golfer’s 2017 arrest.
Today, under the suspicion of reckless driving, many are curious if Tiger Woods was at fault for his own accident, one that nearly killed him. What could this “black box” reveal, and if proven bad, will it officially end the career of this golfing legend, even if he recovers from his injuries? Let’s delve into the full story based on recent news.
Tiger’s in the rough
The world was shocked at the news of Tiger Woods’s car accident on February 23rd, 2021, which saw the golfer crash his Genesis GV80 SUV while traveling north along Hawthorne Boulevard.
Woods was immediately rushed from the accident scene to Harbor–UCLA Medical Center where multiple surgeries were performed on the golfer’s legs, which a variety of news outlets reported involved several “compound fractures”.
The search warrant requested to investigate Tiger Woods’s vehicle, which doesn’t actually include the words “reckless driving”, was prepared in full by the LA County Sheriff’s Department, addressed as probable cause. This includes the specific objects struck by the vehicle, lack of any skid marks, and the overall damage that might’ve been caused due to excessive speed.
While no specific crime was listed on the warrant, it is interesting to note that a judge cannot actually sign a search warrant unless there is probable cause to believe an actual crime was committed, as reported by TMZ. This either means the judge themself determined probable cause, or someone within law enforcement discussed the possibility of reckless driving with the judge.
The warrant itself claimed there was no evidence Woods was driving under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. “If somebody is involved in a traffic collision, we’ve got to reconstruct the traffic collision,” reported a Sheriff Deputy to USA Today. “If there was any reckless driving, if somebody was on their cell phone or something like that. If there was no crime, we close out the case, and it was a regular traffic collision.”
What is a “black box”?
A “black box” is the common nickname of an EDR, or an event data recorder, which is installed in many of today’s automobiles to record information that is related to vehicle crashes.
EDR’s are often triggered by electronically sensed problems in the engine or sudden changes in the wheel speed. These devices are often collected after a vehicle has crashed in order to analyze and help determine just what exactly a car might’ve been doing prior, during, and after a crash.
They were made to emulate a flight recorder, such as a flight data recorder (FDR) and a cockpit voice recorder (CVR), which have been used following rare plane accidents to help determine probable cause and further develop the ingenuity behind these devices.
What are your thoughts on this developing story? Are you of the belief that maybe there’s more to this Tiger Woods car accident story than what’s being reported? Do you think this golfing icon will be able to make a full recovery from his injuries? Comment below, and let us know your thoughts.