Tiger Woods was speeding as fast as 87 mph — greater than 45 mph above the authorized restrict — before his SUV crashed in late February in Southern California, badly injuring the golf legend‘s leg, investigators stated Wednesday.
Woods’ car, a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV, was going an estimated 75 mph when it crashed right into a tree and commenced rolling over, in response to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, citing a knowledge recorder within the luxurious car.
The recorder confirmed that the car at some factors was going 68 to 86.99 mph before Woods failed to barter a curve within the roadway simply exterior Los Angeles.
It was at the very least Woods’ third mysterious motorcar accident.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva — who adamantly denied that Woods acquired favorable therapy on this investigation — stated the latest accident on Feb. 23 was the results of the 45-year-old Woods driving in an unsafe method given the highway situations.
At a press convention, Villanueva additionally stated there was no proof that Woods was impaired or intoxicated on the time of the Feb. 23 crash in Rolling Hills Estates.
Investigators didn’t verify to see if Woods was texting before the crash, saying there was no want to take action.
They additionally stated they won’t problem a quotation for Woods, who’s recovering at his house in Florida. To problem a ticket for reckless driving would require proof that Woods had dedicated a number of violations before the crash, such as unsafe lane adjustments, or passing different vehicles unsafely, in response to investigators.
Woods has no recollection of the collision, investigators stated on the press convention.
Villanueva stated he was able to release the cause of the crash only because Woods had consented to do so. Under the legislation, the sheriff stated, such accident reviews are confidential except folks concerned within the incident conform to their public disclosure.
“The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway estimated speeds at the first area of impact were 84 to 87 miles per hour,” Villanueva stated.
Woods didn’t brake before he crashed the automotive, in response to investigators. They stated the information recorder reveals he could have inadvertently hit the accelerator as an alternative of the brakes before the collision.
“I know there are some saying that somehow he received a special or preferential treatment any, any of some kind, that is absolutely false,” Villanueva stated.
“There was no signs of impairment, our primary concern once we obviously at the scene of the collision was his, his safety.”
Villanueva stated there was no possible trigger, such as open liquor containers or indicators of narcotics within the automotive, that may have allowed investigators to acquire a search warrant to check Woods’ blood for intoxicants.
In a press release launched later Wednesday, Woods didn’t apologize for driving practically double the authorized velocity restrict.
Instead, Woods stated he was “so grateful to both of the good samaritans who came to assist me and called 911” after his SUV completed rolling over.
“I am also thankful to the LASD Deputies and LA Firefighter/Paramedics, especially LA Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Gonzalez and LAFD Engine Co. #106 Fire Paramedics Smith and Gimenez, for helping me so expertly at the scene and getting me safely to the hospital.”
“I will continue to focus on my recovery and family, and thank everyone for the overwhelming support and encouragement I’ve received throughout this very difficult time,” Woods stated.
The golfer, who was alone within the SUV, was trapped within the wreck, which occurred after he hit a middle median within the highway, after which careened into brush, hitting a tree at simply before 7:12 a.m. PT on Feb. 23.
(*87*) being extricated from the car, Woods was taken to a hospital, the place he underwent emergency surgical procedure for what a physician at the time called “significant orthopedic injuries” to his lower right leg.
A rod was inserted to stabilize his tibia and femur bones, whereas a “combination of screws and pins” had been used to stabilize accidents to the bones of the foot and ankle, in response to a press release posted on Woods’ Twitter account stated.
Woods had been staying at a resort in Rolling Hills after internet hosting The Genesis Invitational event. He remained within the space to do filming as a part of a deal he has with Golf Digest and Discovery Channel.
Just two days before the crash, Woods was requested throughout a CBS Sports interview if he would play on the Masters event, which begins on the Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia this Thursday.
“God, I hope so,” he stated.
Woods’ epic profession, which has featured 82 PGA titles and wins at 15 major championships, was upended in November 2009 after he crashed one other SUV one morning into a hearth hydrant simply exterior his then-residence in Florida.
Woods was knocked unconscious from that crash for greater than 5 minutes. His then-wife, Elin Nordegren, reportedly used a golf membership to smash a window and drag him out of the automotive.
In May 2017, Woods was charged with driving under the influence in Florida after police found him asleep in a broken automotive.
In an apology later, Woods blamed “an unexpected reaction” to a mixture of prescribed medicines for his passing out.
“I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved,” Woods stated at the moment.
A month after that arrest, Woods entered a clinic for therapy associated to points with prescription ache remedy and a sleep problem.
Woods was stated to be utilizing ache remedy to assist him stand up and transfer whereas recovering from four back operations.
In January, Woods revealed he had his fifth microdisecectomy surgical procedure on his again to take away a pressurized disc fragment that was inflicting him ache throughout the PNC Championship in Orlando, Florida, in December.
That event was the final time he competed.