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Tiger Woods crashed in February because he was driving at an unsafe speed and was unable to negotiate a curve on the road, the Sheriff’s Department in Los Angeles County said Wednesday.
The legendary golfer sustained a compound fracture on one leg in addition to other injuries in a vehicle accident Feb. 23 in the Los Angeles area.
“Estimated speeds at the first impact area were 84 to 87 km / h, and the final estimated speed when the vehicle hit the tree was 75 km / h,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters as he announced the department’s findings on the cause of the crash.
The emitted speed on the road was 45 km / h, Captain James Powers later said.
He suggested a factor that may have contributed to the crash: “There were no signs of braking during this entire collision. One wonders and thought that Tiger Woods accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.” The accelerator pedal was pushed down just below the maximum, Powers said.
The car eventually hit a tree, which “caused the vehicle to go into the air and make a somewhat pirouette and landed on the side,” Powers added.
Officials said they did not conduct tests to determine if Woods was under the influence of alcohol or drugs because they concluded there was no probable cause for it. Woods showed no signs of impairment and there was no other evidence that poisoning could be a factor, they added.
The golfer will not receive a quote, Villanueva said, and he stressed that Woods has been cooperative with the investigation. The details of an investigation like this would typically be kept confidential, he said, but Woods and his representatives allowed the information to be released.
Woods was able to return to his home in Florida in mid-March, where he is recovering. In a statement Wednesday, he praised the sheriff’s department and the firefighters and paramedics who helped him on the spot.
“I will continue to focus on my recovery and family and thank everyone for the overwhelming support and encouragement I have received through this very difficult time,” he said.