Tiger Woods was on the move when he crashed his SUV in February, leaving the 45-year-old golf legend withauthorities said Wednesday. His vehicle was traveling between 84 and 87 mph in an area outside of Los Angeles with a speed limit of 45 mph, Sheriff Alex Villanueva of Los Angeles told a news conference.
“The primary cause of this traffic collision was driving at a speed that was unsafe for road conditions and inability to negotiate curves on the roadway,” Villanueva said.
On Feb. 23, Woods hit a median around 6 p.m. 7 local time in Rolling Hills Estates. His vehicle went off the road, hit a tree and rolled over into an area known for accidents. Woods spent weeks in the hospital after undergoing surgery and has now recovered.
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The sheriff reiterated that there was no evidence that Woods was disabled and said it was not appropriate to give Woods a field sobriety test given the serious nature of his injuries on the spot. He said Woods and his team have been cooperative throughout the investigation.
“When investigators interviewed him on the spot and at the hospital, these questions were asked and there was nothing to suggest intoxication,” said Captain James Powers.
Villanueva said his office did not issue a quote because the speed was not observed by a police officer or witnesses and did not involve any other care – which is departmental policy. The sheriff also denied having given Woods special treatment during the investigation.
In a statement Wednesday, Woods thanked the deputies and firefighters who responded to the February crash. “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.