Tiger Woods was driving about 40 miles per hour over the pace restrict when he crashed a sport-utility car in February, in response to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Woods was touring between 84 and 87 miles per hour in a forty five m.p.h. zone, Villanueva mentioned at a information convention Wednesday. His automobile was touring at an estimated 75 m.p.h. when it struck a tree.
“The primary causal factor for the collision was driving at an unsafe speed for the road conditions and being unable to negotiate the curve,” mentioned Villanueva.
Woods was not cited for driving too quick and no legal costs shall be filed, Villanueva mentioned. He added that there have been no indicators of impairment or intoxication, and that Woods was carrying his seatbelt.
The captain of the Lomita Sheriff’s Station, James Powers, mentioned that knowledge was obtained from the car’s occasion knowledge recorder, identified colloquially as the black field. The knowledge confirmed that Woods had hit the accelerator all through the crash, and that the stress utilized to the pedal was 99 p.c. Powers mentioned he believed that Woods inadvertently hit the accelerator whereas making an attempt to brake.
Woods has no recollection of the collision, and there have been no witnesses to the crash.
Woods was not cited, Villanueva mentioned, as a result of beneath California regulation that sometimes requires both an unbiased witness or a regulation enforcement officer to witness the extreme pace. He mentioned that Woods didn’t obtain any particular remedy, and no one could be cited for rushing in a solo car collision with none witnesses.
Woods needed to be extracted from his S.U.V. after the crash on the morning of Feb. 23 and brought to the hospital, the place he underwent a number of surgical procedures on his proper leg. Doctors not concerned in Woods’s care have predicted an especially troublesome restoration from his accidents.
Woods crashed his automobile on a windy and difficult stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard that’s identified for automobile crashes close to Rancho Palos Verdes, a coastal metropolis in Los Angeles County. According to knowledge collected by the sheriff’s division, there have been 13 crashes, 4 with accidents, from Jan. 3, 2020, to Feb. 23 of this yr inside a 1.35-mile stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard that features the web site the place Woods crashed.
That stretch of highway can also be identified for rushing. Deputy Carlos (*40*), the first emergency responder to reach at the scene, mentioned at a information convention in February that he had generally seen automobiles going greater than 80 miles per hour on Hawthorne Boulevard.
Woods’s car hit the median strip, traveled a whole bunch of toes and rolled a number of occasions earlier than it stopped in brush on the reverse facet of the highway. Along the means it hit a tree, which despatched the S.U.V. “airborne” the place it did “somewhat of a pirouette,” in response to Powers.
Woods was shortly taken to Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center, the place he underwent emergency surgical procedure, after which was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for follow-up procedures. He spent a number of days in the hospital receiving remedy, although there’s nonetheless some confusion about the actual nature of his accidents.
Dr. Anish Mahajan, the performing chief govt of Harbor-U.C.L.A., mentioned in a statement the night time after the crash that each bones in Woods’s decrease proper leg, the tibia and the fibula, had been damaged in a number of locations and had been “open fractures,” that means the bones had pierced his pores and skin.
The assertion didn’t describe any accidents to Woods’s left leg, although Daryl L. Osby, the Los Angeles County hearth chief, had mentioned earlier that Woods had “serious injuries” to each legs.
Woods underwent again surgical procedure, his fifth, in Dec. 2020, simply the newest harm to gradual his golf profession. He has gained only one main golf championship since 2008.
February’s crash will not be the first time Woods’s life, and profession, has been derailed by a automobile crash. In 2009 he crashed his S.U.V. into a fireplace hydrant exterior his Florida residence in the center of the night time. He was knocked unconscious and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance, the place he was handled for minor facial accidents.
But the incident is remembered largely for what occurred subsequent and the fallout for his profession. There had been quite a few reviews of Woods’s infidelities and an apology wherein he admitted dishonest on his spouse. He misplaced quite a few sponsors and stepped away from golf for months. Woods and Elin Nordegren ultimately divorced.
Woods was additionally arrested in 2017 in Florida, after police discovered him asleep in his automobile on the facet of a highway at 3 a.m. with the engine working. Woods blamed the incident on the interplay of a number of prescription medicines, together with Vicodin, and didn’t have any alcohol in his system. He ultimately entered a diversion program for first-time D.U.I. offenders, and pleaded responsible to reckless driving.
Captain Powers mentioned there was no odor of alcohol, open containers or any narcotics in the car or on Woods after the February crash. Woods instructed regulation enforcement investigators that he had not been ingesting and had not taken any prescription tablets. Investigators didn’t acquire or take a look at Woods’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 part of Los Angeles the weekend earlier than the crash. Genesis Motor is a luxurious car division of Hyundai. Woods was driving a 2021 Genesis GV80 S.U.V., which was offered to him throughout the match; he’s identified for at all times driving himself in a courtesy automobile at tournaments.
Sheriff Villanueva mentioned at a information convention final week that the reason for the crash had been decided, however citing California privateness legal guidelines, mentioned it couldn’t be launched with out Woods’s consent. Woods ultimately waived his proper to privateness and licensed the launch of the report.