Tiger Woods was driving as fast as 87 mph – or more than 45 mph faster than the legal speed limit – before his SUV crashed in late February in Southern California, seriously injuring the golf legend, police said Wednesday.
Woods’ vehicle, a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV, went for an estimated 75 km / h when it crashed into a tree and began rolling over, according to police, who quoted a data recorder in the luxury vehicle.
The recorder showed the vehicle at some points going between 68 mph and 86.99 mph before failing to negotiate a curve in the roadway just outside Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva ̵
At a news conference, Villanueva also said there was no evidence that 45-year-old Woods was down or drunk at the time of the Feb. 23 crash in Rolling Hills Estates.
Police did not check whether Woods sent text messages before the crash, saying it was not necessary to do so.
Police also said they will not issue a referral to Woods, who is currently recovering in Florida. Issuing a ticket for reckless driving would require proof that Woods had committed several offenses before the crash, such as unsafe lane changes or passing other cars unsafe, according to police.
Woods cannot remember the collision, police said at the news conference.
Villanueva said he was only able to release the cause of the crash because Woods had given his consent to it.
“The primary cause of this traffic collision was driving at a speed that was unsafe for road conditions and inability to negotiate the curve on the roadway. The estimated speeds at the first impact range were 84 to 87 miles per hour,” Villanueva said.
Woods did not brake until he crashed into the car, according to police, who said the data recorder reveals that he may have accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brakes before the collision.
“I know there are some who say that he somehow received a special or preferential treatment, any kind, it is completely false,” Villanueva said.
“There was no sign of impairment, our primary concern when we were obviously at the collision site was his, his safety.”
He said there was no probable cause, such as open liquor containers or signs of drugs in the car, that would have allowed investigators to get a search warrant to test Woods’ blood for drugs.
The golfer, who was alone in the SUV, was caught in the wreckage that occurred after hitting a middle road on the road and was then brushed and hit a tree just before noon. 07:12 PT.
After being pulled out of the vehicle, Woods was taken to a local hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery for what a doctor at the time called “significant orthopedic injuries” to his lower right leg.
Woods’ epic career, which has featured 82 PGA titles and wins at 15 major championships, was lifted in November 2009 after he crashed another SUV in a fire hydrant one morning just outside his then-Florida residence.
Woods was knocked unconscious from the crash for more than five minutes. His then wife, Elin Nordegren, allegedly used a golf club to smash a window and pull him out of the car.
The incident led to weeks of reports that Woods had been involved in several extramarital affairs. He entered a clinic for treatment shortly after.
In May 2017, Woods was charged with driving under the influence in Florida after police spotted him sleeping in a damaged car.
In an apology later, Woods accused “an unexpected reaction” to a mix of prescribed medication for his lapse.
“I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved,” Woods said at the time.
One month after this arrest, Woods entered a clinic for treatment related to problems with prescription pain medication and a sleep disorder.
Woods is said to be using pain medication to help him get up and move while recovering from four back surgeries.
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