Tiger Woods was driving about 40 miles per hour over the velocity restrict when he crashed a sport-utility car in February, in accordance with Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Woods was touring between 84 and 87 miles per hour in a 45 m.p.h. zone, Villanueva stated at a news 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,” stated Villanueva.
Woods was not cited for driving too quick and no felony prices shall be filed, Villanueva stated. 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, stated that information was obtained from the car’s occasion information recorder, identified colloquially because the black field. The information confirmed that Woods had hit the accelerator all through the crash, and that the strain utilized to the pedal was 99 p.c. Powers stated he believed that Woods inadvertently hit the accelerator whereas attempting to brake.
Woods has no recollection of the collision, and there have been no witnesses to the crash.
Woods was not cited, Villanueva stated, as a result of beneath California legislation that usually requires both an impartial witness or a legislation enforcement officer to witness the extreme velocity. He stated that Woods didn’t obtain any particular therapy, 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 extremely difficult recovery 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 information collected by the sheriff’s division, there have been 13 crashes, 4 with accidents, from Jan. 3, 2020, to Feb. 23 of this 12 months inside a 1.35-mile stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard that features the positioning the place Woods crashed.
That stretch of street can also be identified for rushing. Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the primary emergency responder to reach on the scene, stated at a news convention in February that he had generally seen autos going greater than 80 miles per hour on Hawthorne Boulevard.
Woods’s car hit the median strip, traveled a whole bunch of ft and rolled a number of occasions earlier than it stopped in brush on the other aspect of the street. Along the way in which it hit a tree, which despatched the S.U.V. “airborne” the place it did “somewhat of a pirouette,” in accordance with Powers.
Woods was rapidly 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 therapy, although there’s nonetheless some confusion in regards to the precise nature of his accidents.
Dr. Anish Mahajan, the performing chief government of Harbor-U.C.L.A., stated 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,” which 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 stated earlier that Woods had “serious injuries” to each legs.
Woods underwent again surgical procedure, his fifth, in Dec. 2020, simply the most recent harm to sluggish his golf profession. He has received only one main golf championship since 2008.
February’s crash isn’t the primary time Woods’s life, and profession, has been derailed by a automobile crash. In 2009 he crashed his S.U.V. into a fire hydrant outdoors his Florida dwelling in the midnight. 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 principally for what occurred subsequent and the fallout for his profession. There had been quite a few studies of Woods’s infidelities and an apology in which he admitted cheating on his wife. 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 car on the side of a road 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 stated there was no odor of alcohol, open containers or any narcotics in the car or on Woods after the February crash. Woods informed legislation enforcement investigators that he had not been consuming and had not taken any prescription tablets. Investigators didn’t acquire or check Woods’s blood.
Woods, who lives in Florida, was in Southern California to host the Genesis Invitational on 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 through the event; he’s known for always driving himself in a courtesy automobile at tournaments.
Sheriff Villanueva stated at a news convention final week that the reason for the crash had been decided, however citing California privateness legal guidelines, stated it couldn’t be launched with out Woods’s consent. Woods ultimately waived his proper to privateness and approved the discharge of the report.