Tiger Woods told police after crash that he didn’t remember driving

By Amir Vera, Jordan Guzzardo and Cheri Mossburg | CNN

When Tiger Woods crashed his car in Southern California last week, he told sheriff’s deputies that he had no recollection of driving or how the accident happened, according to a Los Angeles County affidavit for a search warrant of the vehicle’s black box.

Woods was driving February 23 in Rancho Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles, shortly after 7 a.m. PT when his Genesis SUV hit a “Welcome to Rolling Hills Estates” sign, crossed a center divider and traveled more than 150 feet across the shoulder of the road through shrubbery and uprooted tree before coming to a stop on the driver’s side, according to the affidavit.

Woods sustained injuries and cuts to his face and multiple fractures and compound fractures to his right leg, the affidavit said.

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.

There was no evidence Woods was impaired by drugs or alcohol, according to first responder interviews cited by the affidavit.

The SUV was provided to Woods by the sponsor of the golf tournament he hosted over the previous weekend. The LA County Sheriff’s Office told CNN in a statement earlier this week it executed a search warrant for the black box in the courtesy vehicle.

The data stored in the box, along with “several data recording modules” in the vehicle, “may provide information regarding the use of brakes and the accelerator by the driver” as well as other factors that could determine the cause of the crash, the affidavit said.

Speaking to USA Today, Schloegl said Tuesday the search warrant was just due diligence and he didn’t consider the probe a criminal investigation.

“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,” Schloegl told the network. “We determine if there was a crime. If there was no crime, we close out the case, and it was a regular traffic collision.”

Authorities have previously said they believe the incident was “purely an accident” but they would have to pull the black box event recorder from the vehicle to make that determination.

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Tiger Woods is transferred to a new LA hospital as fellow golfers express their hopes for full recovery

By Travis Caldwell | CNN

Following a car accident Tuesday morning in California that resulted in significant leg injuries and required an extraction from his vehicle by first responders, Tiger Woods now begins the arduous recovery process.

A new chapter began Thursday with his transfer to a second Los Angeles-area hospital for “continuing orthopedic care and recovery,” according to a statement.

Dr. Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer and interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, confirmed that Woods was moved to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which is approximately 20 miles away.

“On behalf of our staff, it was an honor to provide orthopedic trauma care to one of our generation’s greatest athletes,” Mahajan said in the statement.

Woods’ injuries include “comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones,” Mahajan said Tuesday, meaning the bones broke into more than two pieces and pierced the skin. A rod was inserted into the tibia to stabilize the leg. Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins.

Woods told investigators at the hospital after the accident that “he had no recollection of the crash” that left him seriously injured, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday.

Cedars-Sinai network is known for sports rehabilitations

The reasons for Woods’ transfer have not been released, yet facilities affiliated with Cedars-Sinai are known for their sports medicine and related surgeries. Should Woods and his family choose to continue care within its network, options are available in terms of recovery.

The Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute provides orthopedic surgeries, and practitioners at their clinics work with Los Angeles-area sports teams. Other professional athletes from around the country have had procedures performed at their centers.

The California Rehabilitation Institute, a partnership between Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Health and Select Medical, provides programs as well for those on the mend.

The institute is “the largest inpatient facility of its kind on the West Coast,” according to its website, and “is designed to help each patient recover the strength, skills and independence they need to return home and resume their lives.”

Golf pros continue to show support

Webb Simpson, who is tied atop the Thursday leaderboard at the PGA WGC-Workday Championship in Florida, shared his thoughts on Woods, saying his focus was on the golfer’s well-being.

“Of course you think about the golf career, you think about what he’s done for the game, but the thing I kept thinking about was his kids and how thankful I am that he made it out of that,” Simpson said.

He added, “The biggest thing I was concerned with, following the news and texting buddies, trying to figure out what was going on was, ‘Is he OK? Is he going to make it?’”

Phil Mickelson expressed similar sentiments Thursday after his round at a PGA Tour Champions event in Arizona.

“All the guys here understand and appreciate what he has meant to the game of golf, and for us and the PGA Tour. We are all very appreciative and supportive of what he has done for us. But right now, that is so far from our minds,” Mickelson said.

“I thought Rory McIlroy really said it well when he said that we’re just lucky and appreciative that his kids didn’t lose their father. We all are hoping and praying for a full and speedy recovery. We are all so thankful because that looked awful. We are thankful that he is still with us,” Mickelson said.

McIlroy said on Wednesday when asked about a potential career comeback for Woods, “He’s not Superman… He’s a human being at the end of the day. And he’s already been through so much. At this stage I think everyone should just be grateful that he’s here, that he’s alive, that his kids haven’t lost their dad.

“That’s the most important thing. Golf is so far from the equation right now, it’s not even on the map at this point,” McElroy said.

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Next year today: The sports highlights of 2018

Time certainly flies, unless you’re in the middle seat of a plane headed to Minsk.

Just as we began to round up the events of 2017, here came 2018, buzzing past us like a shoplifting cop in Shanghai.

In case you’re fuzzy on the highlights, here’s what happened next year:

JANUARY

Alabama loses to Clemson for the second consecutive year, and Nick Saban is fired before a crowd of 85,000 in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Clemson sacks Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield eight times and removes both middle fingers from his Heisman Trophy in a 38-10 College Football Playoff championship victory.

UCLA makes recruiting inroads when Coach Chip Kelly bluntly tells recruits, “We have something in common. You won’t make it in the NFL either.”

FEBRUARY

An American TV crew spends the entire Winter Olympics detailed in the demilitarized zone, unable to explain to authorities that it works for TMZ.

At the NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center, Lonzo Ball goes 1 for 30 to win the 3-Point Tanking Contest.

Promising “higher viewership,” the Pac-12 Network announces it can now be seen in 90 percent of Humboldt County.

MARCH

Yu Darvish explains that he knew he was tipping pitches in Game 7 last year, but thought he was doing it in Japanese.

To speed up games, MLB permits the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson to strike out without coming to the plate.

USC athletic director Lynn Swann reclassifies as a sophomore, wins wide receiver job in spring practice.

APRIL

Dustin Johnson builds an elevator in the house he rents at Augusta, goes on to win the Masters by 12 strokes.

NCAA allows Connecticut’s opponents to use two basketballs, but Geno Auriemma’s team wins its 12th national championship anyway.

Ex-Kings coach Darryl Sutter replaces embattled Sarah Huckabee Sanders as White House press secretary.

MAY

The Dodgers’ Rich Hill becomes the first pitcher to be relieved in the middle of a pitch.

Little Rocket Man, ridden by Kim Jong Un, stuns the field at the Kentucky Derby.,

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fight to another 12-round draw in Las Vegas, but Golovkin wins the shootout with a nice backhand to the glove side.

JUNE

In their inaugural season, the Vegas Golden Knights win the newly renamed Terrible Herbst Stanley Cup.

Skip Bayless criticizes LeBron James for picking up three fouls in James’ 52-point, 16-rebound Game 7 performance that gives Cleveland the NBA championship over Golden State.

Shohei Ohtani strikes himself out in the bottom of the ninth to extend the Angels’ winning streak to nine.

JULY

San Diego announces plans to build a 25,000-seat soccer stadium in hopes of bringing back the Chargers.

Honorary captain Derek Jeter sells the American League All-Star team to the National League, setting up a historic Midsummer Classic win by NCAA champion Cal State Fullerton.

Free agent LeBron James fulfills a lifetime dream by signing with his boyhood heroes, the New Orleans Pelicans.

AUGUST

Jim Harbaugh takes Michigan’s preseason camp to Australia, where he is officially 4-0 against Ohio State.

Rickie Fowler wins the PGA Championship and Tiger Woods withdraws with a hand injury. Doctors say it was caused by “hitting too many shots during a round of golf.”

The Red Sox take down the Green Monster “for routine maintenance” as Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and the Yankees come to town.

SEPTEMBER

NASCAR announces plans to inject more personality into its sport by using driverless cars.

Roger Federer defeats Roger Federer Jr. in straight sets to win his fifth U.S. Open championship.

An exhausted Yasmani Grandal gets a standing ovation at Dodger Stadium for his 23rd trip to the mound in a nine-inning game, breaking the alltime record for a catcher.

OCTOBER

Chip Kelly claims UCLA administrators reneged on a promise to schedule Nicholls State twice a season.

Cy Young Award favorite Brandon McCarthy shuts out the Dodgers in Game 5 of the Division Series and sends Atlanta to the NL Championship Series.

CIF officials approve the Trinity League’s proposal to add the Cleveland Browns.

NOVEMBER

Joe Maddon and his 16-man Cubs’ pitching staff bring the World Series title to Chicago for the second time in three years.

A 3-day marine layer forces postponement of Inglewood Stadium’s opening until 2021.

Ex-UCLA coach Jim Mora makes his movie debut alongside Vin Diesel in “The Furious And The Furious.”

DECEMBER

The USGA and the Royal & Ancient decide against restraining the golf ball’s distance, but will study a proposal to shrink the cup.

The U.S. men’s soccer team asks FIFA if it can play either Trinidad or Tobago next time.

In a change to College Football Playoff rules,  the four participants will be allowed to use the Pac-12 champs as sparring partners.

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