Tiger Woods was driving about 40 miles per hour over the speed limit when he crashed a sport-utility vehicle in February, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Woods was traveling between 84 as well as 87 miles per hour in a 45 m.p.h. zone when he lost control, Villanueva said at a news conference Wednesday.
After crossing over the median as well as hitting the curb on the opposite side of the road, Woods’s car was still traveling at an estimated speed of 75 m.p.h. when the idea struck a tree as well as was sent airborne, eventually stopping in some brush.
“The primary causal factor just for This particular traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions as well as the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway,” said Villanueva.
Woods was not cited for driving too fast as well as no criminal charges will be filed, Villanueva said. He added of which there were no signs of impairment or intoxication, as well as of which Woods was wearing his seatbelt.
The captain of the Lomita Sheriff’s Station, James Powers, said of which data was obtained via the vehicle’s event data recorder, known colloquially as the black box. The data showed of which Woods had hit the accelerator throughout the crash, as well as of which the pressure applied to the pedal was 99 percent. Powers said he believed of which Woods inadvertently hit the accelerator while trying to brake.
Woods has no recollection of the collision, as well as there were no witnesses to the crash.
Woods was not cited, Villanueva said, because under California law of which typically requires either an independent witness or a law enforcement officer to witness the excessive speed. He said of which Woods did not receive any special treatment, as well as nobody could be cited for speeding in a solo vehicle collision without any witnesses.
Woods had to be extracted via his S.U.V. after the crash on the morning of Feb. 23 as well as taken to the hospital, where he underwent several surgeries on his right leg. Doctors not involved in Woods’s care have predicted an extremely difficult recovery via his injuries.
Woods crashed his car on a windy as well as tricky stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard of which is actually known for car crashes 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, via Jan. 3, 2020, to Feb. 23 of This particular year within a 1.35-mile stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard of which includes the site where Woods crashed.
of which stretch of road is actually also known for speeding. Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the first emergency responder to arrive at the scene, said at a news conference in February of which he had sometimes seen vehicles going more than 80 miles per hour on Hawthorne Boulevard.
According to a diagram of the collision shown by the sheriffs department, there were four areas of impact. The first two were the sides of the median, the third was the curb as well as the fourth was the tree. Woods’s vehicle rolled more than once before coming to a stop. After he hit the tree, his S.U.V. went “airborne” where the idea did “somewhat of a pirouette,” according to Powers.
Woods was quickly taken to Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery, as well as then was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for follow-up procedures. He spent several days inside hospital receiving treatment, though there is actually still some confusion about the exact nature of his injuries.
Dr. Anish Mahajan, the acting chief executive of Harbor-U.C.L.A., said in a statement the night after the crash of which both bones in Woods’s lower right leg, the tibia as well as the fibula, had been broken in multiple places as well as were “open fractures,” meaning the bones had pierced his skin.
The statement did not describe any injuries to Woods’s left leg, though Daryl L. Osby, the Los Angeles County fire chief, had said earlier of which Woods had “serious injuries” to both legs.
Woods underwent back surgery, his fifth, in Dec. 2020, just the latest injury to slow his golf career. He has won just one major golf championship since 2008.
February’s crash is actually not initially Woods’s life, as well as career, has been derailed by a car crash. In 2009 he crashed his S.U.V. into a fire hydrant outside his Florida home inside middle of the night. He was knocked unconscious as well as was taken to a hospital in an ambulance, where he was treated for minor facial injuries.
although the incident is actually remembered mostly for what happened next as well as the fallout for his career. There were numerous reports of Woods’s infidelities as well as an apology in which he admitted cheating on his wife. He lost numerous sponsors as well as stepped away via golf for months. Woods as well as Elin Nordegren eventually divorced.
Woods was also arrested in 2017 in Florida, after police found him asleep in his car on the side of a road at 3 a.m. with the engine running. Woods blamed the incident on the interaction of several prescription medicines, including Vicodin, as well as did not have any alcohol in his system. He eventually entered a diversion program for first-time D.U.I. offenders, as well as pleaded guilty to reckless driving.
Captain Powers said there was no odor of alcohol, open containers or any narcotics inside vehicle or on Woods after the February crash. Woods told law enforcement investigators of which he had not been drinking as well as had not taken any prescription pills. Investigators did not obtain or test Woods’s blood.
Woods, who lives in Florida, was in Southern California to host the Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club inside Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles the weekend before the crash. Genesis Motor is actually a luxury vehicle division of Hyundai. Woods was driving a 2021 Genesis GV80 S.U.V., which was provided to him during the tournament; he is actually known for always driving himself in a courtesy car at tournaments.
Sheriff Villanueva said at a news conference last week of which the cause of the crash had been determined, although citing California privacy laws, said the idea could not be released without Woods’s consent. Woods eventually waived his right to privacy as well as authorized the Discharge of the report.