ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, California (AP) – A man found Tiger Woods unconscious in a missing SUV after the golf star crashed his vehicle in Southern California, authorities said in court documents obtained Friday.
The man, who lives near the site in Rolling Hills Estates, heard the crash and went to the SUV, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Assistant Johann Schloegl wrote in a statement.
The man told deputies that Woods would not answer his question. The first deputy on the spot, Carlos Gonzalez, has said Woods was able to speak to him and answer basic questions. Woods told deputies ̵
Police have not previously revealed that Woods had been unconscious after the crash. Officials had previously said the SUV had rolled over, though Schloegl’s description of the crash did not include it.
The information came in a statement of probable cause requesting that a search order for the Genesis SUV data recorder, known as a black box, be approved.. Schloegl requested data from 22 February and 23 February. The crash occurred around noon. 23 on 23 February.
“I think the data will explain how / why the collision occurred,” Schloegl wrote.
Sheriff’s representatives have refused to say what was discovered in the recorder.
“LASD is not releasing additional information at this time,” Vice President Du Busky, a spokesman for the department, said in a statement Friday. “The traffic collision investigation is underway and traffic investigators are still working to find the cause of the collision.”
The man mentioned in the court documents did not immediately return requests for comment from the Associated Press.
Woods drove a 2021 GV80, made by the Hyundai luxury brand, as the tournament host of the Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club. The SUV went off a Los Angeles County road and crashed into a downhill known for wrecks.
Dr. Andre Campbell, a trauma surgeon at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, said it is not uncommon for patients in major vehicle accidents to lose consciousness or suffer from memory loss – especially if they have suffered head injuries.
“This is truly an honor for modern technology that he is alive,” said Campbell, who is not involved in Woods’ treatment and generally spoke of trauma patients.
Campbell said the loss of consciousness could only last a few seconds or a few minutes or even a few hours. The memory loss may never return, he said.
“Many times people will tell you, ‘I do not remember what happened,'” he said.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva has said Woods was driving alone in good weather, there was no sign of impairment, and the crash was “purely an accident.”
Schloegl previously told USA Today that he did not seek a search warrant for Woods’ blood samples, which could be screened for drugs and alcohol.
In 2017, Woods checked into a clinic for help handling prescription drugs following a DUI charge in Florida.
The crash injured Woods’ right leg and required lengthy surgery to stabilize broken tibia and fibula bones in his right leg. A combination of screws and pins was used for ankle and foot injuries.
It was the 10th operation of his career and came two months after a fifth back operation. Through it all, Woods has never gone an entire year without playing and goes back to his first PGA Tour event as a 16-year-old in high school.