Sportsnet: A man found Tiger Woods unconscious in a mangled SUV after the golf star crashed the 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 walked to the SUV, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Johann Schloegl wrote in an affidavit.
The man told deputies that Woods would not respond to his questions. The first deputy on the scene, Carlos Gonzalez, has said Woods was able to talk to him and answer basic questions. Woods told deputies — both at the scene and later at the hospital — that he did not know how the crash occurred and didn’t remember driving, according to the affidavit.
Law enforcement has not previously disclosed that Woods had been unconscious following the crash. Officials had said earlier that the SUV had rolled over, though Schloegl’s description of the crash did not include that.
The information came in a statement of probable cause requesting that a search warrant be approved for the Genesis SUV’s data recorder, known as a black box. Schloegl requested data from Feb. 22 and Feb. 23. The crash occurred around 7 a.m. on Feb. 23.
“I believe the data will explain how/why the collision occurred,” Schloegl wrote.
Sheriff’s representatives have declined to say what was discovered in the recorder and did not immediately respond to an additional request for comment Friday. The man mentioned in the court documents did not immediately return requests for comment from The Associated Press.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva has said Woods was driving alone in good weather, there was no evidence 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.
Aaaand this is where it all starts to unravel.
“Trust but verify.” I want to think Tiger Woods wasn’t driving while impared. I want to think an overzealous starstruck deputy wasn’t anxious to smile for the cameras. I *want* to think those things… https://t.co/NXhjyqbYRX
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It’s common for crash victims to lose consciousness, but the issue here seems to be that someone lied about Tiger’s state at the time of the accident and it’s starting to look like a cover-up of sorts.
This is the first time we’ve heard anything about a warrant for a black box and Sheriff’s Deputy Johann Schloegl seems to think there’s more to Tiger’s accident.
If Tiger was asleep at the wheel, which the evidence is starting to suggest, it looks like LA police didn’t want us to know that. That explains why Tiger didn’t attempt to hit the breaks and traveled as far as he did (400 feet) after losing control. The new Hyundai Genesis has a black box that will tell the story of what happened that day, and Deputy Schloegl sounds pretty confident there’s more here.
It also sounds like cops were less than truthful in an attempt to cover for Tiger who was busted with 6 different drugs in his system during his 2017 DUI arrest.
The fact they didn’t draw blood from Tiger is weird too. You’d think that would be the standard operating procedure.
This has the potential to be a way bigger story so keep your eyes up re Tiger. I get the feeling there’s way more to this than we were told there is.