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Detectives Obtain Search Warrant to Review Tiger Wood's SUV Black Box

March 08, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA - Detectives are reviewing data from the "black box" from Tiger Woods' Genesis SUV.  The detectives believe the black box information will help officials determine the cause of the rollover crash that severely injured the golf star.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department stated that traffic accident investigators had executed a search warrant to recover data from the black box inside of Mr. Wood's Genesis SUV.  According to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Trina Schrader, there were no immediate helpful discoveries in the data obtained.   

The 2021 Genesis GV80, manufactured by the Hyundai luxury brand, is most likely to contain a newer type of "event data recorders" often called "black boxes" as used in aviation.  The event data recorders store an incredible amount of data for accident investigators to review.

Tiger Woods sustained a severe leg injury when his SUV, for an unknown reason, left the roadway in Los Angeles County and rolled a downhill stretch of the road that is well-known for wrecks.  According to Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Mr. Woods was not intoxicated and was driving alone, in good weather, when his SUV struck a raised median and rolled numerous times.  The accident severely injured Tiger's right leg and his leg required surgery.

Los Angeles County Deputies hope the black box's data will reveal important details such as the SUV's performance and speed. The sheriff believes the new data could offer additional information on the cause of the rollover accident.

California law permits law enforcement agencies to obtain search warrants to access and review the data recorders of vehicles involved in traffic accidents that cause death or serious bodily injury.  Law enforcement must show the courts that the black box recorders may uncover evidence of a misdemeanor or felony in the crash.  Detectives are required to limit the scope of their black box review to only the data directly related to a crime.

Essentially, a black box is a computer that saves data from a motor vehicle's sensors, which may be downloaded.  The black boxes are typically located toward the center of the car, either beneath seats or below the center of the dashboard, to protect the devices from damage during an accident. 

Although there are no federal regulations requiring the back boxes, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that almost all modern cars and trucks have them now.  However, the federal government does require the black box recorders to collect 15 data points, including whether brake pedals were press, the vehicle's speed before the accident, and at what times the gas pedal was pressed.

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