Tiger Woods was driving about 40 miles per hour above the speed limit when he crashed into a sports vehicle in February, according to Sheriff Alex Villanueva in Los Angeles. Woods drove between 84 and 87 miles per hour in a 45 km / h zone, Villanueva said at a news conference Wednesday. His car drove approx. 75 km / h when it hit a tree.
“The primary cause of the collision was driving at an unsafe speed under road conditions and not being able to negotiate the curve,” Villanueva said.
Woods was not quoted as driving too fast and no criminal charges will be filed, Villanueva said. He added that there were no signs of weakening or intoxication and that Woods was wearing his seat belt.
Woods does not remember the collision, and there were no witnesses to the crash.
Woods was not quoted, Villanueva said, because California law typically requires either an independent witness or a law enforcement officer to witness the excessive speed. He said Woods received no special treatment and that no one would be quoted for speeding in a single vehicle collision without any witnesses.
Woods had to be recovered from his SUV after the crash on the morning of February 23 and taken to the hospital, where he underwent several operations on his right leg. Doctors not involved in Woods’ care have predicted an extremely difficult recovery from his injuries.
Woods crashed his car on a windy and difficult stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard, known for car accidents near Rancho Palos Verdes, a coastal city in Los Angeles County. According to data collected by the sheriff’s department, there were 13 crashes, four with injuries, from January 3, 2020 to February 23 this year within a 1.35 mile stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard that includes the site where Woods crashed.
This stretch of road is also known for driving too fast. Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the first emergency responder to arrive at the scene, said at a news conference in February that he had sometimes seen vehicles driving more than 80 miles per hour on Hawthorne Boulevard.
Woods vehicle hit the median strip, raised hundreds of feet and rolled several times before stopping in brush on the opposite side of the road. Along the way, it hit a tree that sent the SUV “airborne,” doing “something of a pirouette,” according to Powers.
Woods was quickly taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery, and was then transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for follow-up procedures. He spent several days in the hospital undergoing treatment, although there is still some confusion about the exact nature of his injuries.
Dr. Anish Mahajan, acting chief executive of Harbor-UCLA, said in a statement the night after the crash that both bones in Woods’ lower right leg, tibia and fibula, had been broken in several places and were “open fractures,” meaning the bones had pierced his skin.
The statement described no injuries to Woods’ left leg, although Daryl L. Osby, Los Angeles County Fire Chief, had previously said Woods had “serious injuries” on both legs.
Woods underwent back surgery, his fifth in December 2020, just the last injury that slowed his golf career. He has only won one major golf championship since 2008.
February’s crash is not the first time Wood’s life and career have been derailed by a car accident. In 2009, he crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant outside his home in Florida in the middle of the night. He was knocked unconscious and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance where he was treated for minor facial injuries.
But the incident is best remembered for what happened next, and the downfall for his career. There were several reports of Woods’ infidelity and an apology in which he admitted to cheating on his wife. He lost several sponsors and stepped away from golf for several months. Woods and Elin Nordegren eventually divorced.
Woods was also arrested in 2017 in Florida after police found him asleep in his car next to a road at 3 a.m. with the engine running. Woods blamed the incident for the interaction between several prescription drugs, including Vicodin, and did not have alcohol in his system. Eventually, he participated in a diversion program for first-time DUI offenders and pleaded guilty to reckless driving.
Captain Powers said there was no smell of alcohol, open containers or drugs in the vehicle or at Woods after the February crash. Woods told police investigators he had not been drinking and had not taken prescription pills. Investigators did not obtain or test Wood’s blood.
Woods, who lives in Florida, was in Southern California to host the Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles the weekend before the crash. Genesis Motor is a luxury car division of Hyundai. Woods drove a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV, which was delivered to him during the tournament; he is known for always driving himself in a courtesy car at tournaments.
Sheriff Villanueva said at a news conference last week that the cause of the crash had been determined, but referring to California’s privacy law, said it could not be released without Woods consent. Woods eventually waived his right to privacy and approved the release of the report.