Tiger Woods accelerated up to 87 mph – or more than 45 mph over the legal limit – before his SUV crashed Late February in Southern Californiaseriously injured the golf legendsaid the police on Wednesday.
Woods’ vehicle, a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV, was traveling an estimated 75 mph when it hit a tree and rolled over, according to police citing a data recorder in that luxury vehicle.
The recorder showed that the vehicle was going between 68 and 86.99 mph in some places before failing to negotiate a curve on the road just outside Los Angeles.
It was at least the third mysterious car accident in Woods’ sometimes legendary, sometimes troubled life.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who adamantly denied that Woods was treated favorably by the police in his investigation, said the most recent accident on Feb.23 was the result of 45 years of driving unsafely given the road conditions.
At a news conference, Villanueva also said there was no evidence that Woods was impaired or drunk at Rolling Hills Estates at the time of the Feb.23 crash.
Police didn’t check if Woods texted Woods before the crash and said there was no need to do so.
Cops also said they won’t issue a quote for Woods, who is currently recovering at his Florida home. Issuing a reckless driving ticket would require proof that Woods had committed multiple violations prior to the accident, such as: B. unsafe lane changes or unsafe overtaking other cars, so the police.
Woods has no memory of the collision, police said at the press conference.
Villanueva said He could only find out the cause of the crash because Woods had agreed to it. According to the sheriff, by law, such accident reports are confidential unless the individuals involved in the incident consent to their disclosure.
“The main cause of this traffic accident was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the estimated speed of the road in the first impact area was 84 to 87 mph,” said Villanueva.
Woods didn’t brake before crashing the car, according to police, who said the data recorder revealed that he may have accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brakes prior to the collision.
“I know there are some who say he somehow received special or preferential treatment that is absolutely wrong,” said Villanueva.
“There was no sign of impairment. Our main concern when we were obviously at the scene of the collision was his, his safety.”
Villanueva said there was no likely cause such as open alcohol containers or signs of narcotics in the car that would have allowed investigators to obtain a search warrant to test Woods’ blood for intoxicants
The golfer, who was alone in the SUV, was trapped in the wreckage that occurred after hitting a mean mean on the road and then raced into the brush, falling just before 7:12 a.m. on February 23 hit a tree.
After Woods was freed from the vehicle, he was taken to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for a doctor at the time called “significant orthopedic injuries” to his right lower leg.
A rod was introduced to stabilize his tibial and femoral bones, while a “combination of screws and pins” was used to stabilize injuries to the bones of his foot and ankle, according to Woods’ Twitter account.
Woods had stayed at a resort in Rolling Hills after hosting the Genesis Invitational tournament. He stayed in the area filming under a contract with Golf Digest and the Discovery Channel.
Just two days before the crash, Woods was asked during a CBS Sports interview if he would participate in the Masters tournament that begins this Thursday at Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia.
“God I hope so,” he said.
Woods’ epic career, It has 82 PGA titles and wins 15 major championships, was upset in November 2009 after crashing another SUV into a fire hydrant one morning just outside his then Florida residence.
Woods was knocked unconscious for more than five minutes from this crash. His then-wife Elin Nordegren is said to have used a golf club to break a window and pull it out of the car.
In May 2017, Woods was accused of driving under the influence of Florida after police discovered him sleeping in a damaged car.
In an apology later, Woods blamed “an unexpected reaction” to a mixture of prescribed drugs for his faint.
“I want the public to know it’s not alcohol,” Woods said at the time.
A month after this arrest, Woods entered a clinic for treatment of problems with prescription pain medication and a sleep disorder.
Woods reportedly used pain medication to get up and move around while he was recovering of four back operations.
In January, Woods announced that he had his fifth microdisectomy on his back to remove a pressurized disc fragment that caused him pain during the December PNC championship in Orlando, Florida.
This tournament was the last time he competed.