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Tiger Woods was unconscious in the immediate moments after his single-car crash last week in Southern California and later told authorities at the scene that he didn’t know how the accident occurred and that he didn’t remember driving at all, according to documents obtained by CNN and USA Today.
Woods’ car crashed on a winding stretch of road just south of Los Angeles last week. He underwent surgery on multiple leg injuries, and remained hospitalized through the weekend. He and his team last provided an update on his condition on Sunday, when he thanked golfers for honoring him with his iconic red and black look across the sport.
Reports: Woods doesn’t remember driving
Woods, according to a search warrant for the vehicle’s black box, was pretty out of it when deputies arrived to the scene of the crash in Rancho Palos Verdes on the morning of Feb. 23.
The documents, obtained by CNN, said Woods regained consciousness before sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene of the crash. While he remained sitting in the driver's seat of the vehicle with blood on his face and chin, Woods told the deputies he had no recollection of driving or how the collision occurred.
"The deputies asked him how the collision occurred. Driver said he did not know and did not even remember driving," the affidavit read. "Driver was treated for his injuries at the hospital and was asked there again how the collision occurred. He repeated that he did not know and did not remember driving."
A witness also approached the vehicle after hearing the crash and noticed Woods was "unconscious and not responding to his questions," Deputy Johann Schloegl, the traffic collision investigator on the crash, wrote in the affidavit.
Sheriff’s department investigating crash
Authorities have said that there is no evidence that Woods was impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva initially declared the single-car crash to be “purely an accident.”
Sheriff’s deputy John Schloegl contradicted Villanueva on Tuesday, however, and said that the department wants the car data in the black box to determine if criminal charges are necessary.
“We’re trying to determine if a crime was committed,” Schloegl said. “If somebody is involved in a traffic collision, we’ve got to reconstruct the traffic collision, if there was any reckless driving, if somebody was on their cell phone or something like that.
"We determine if there was a crime. If there was no crime, we close out the case, and it was a regular traffic collision.”
The department then walked back Villanueva’s statement about the contradicting information.
“The Sheriff spoke about the information known at that time, and said it appeared to be a traffic accident,” the department said in a statement. “However, the traffic collision investigation is (on)going and traffic investigators have not made any conclusions as to the cause of the collision.”
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