FILE PHOTO: A sheriff’s officer takes photos of Tiger Woods’ damaged car following his car crash near Los Angeles, California, United States February 23, 2021. REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni

Tiger Woods was traveling more than 40 miles per hour (64 km per hour) over the speed limit when he lost control of his car, causing the crash that seriously injured him in February, said on Wednesday. the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Driving down a notoriously dangerous stretch of road in the community of Rolling Hills Estates in Los Angeles County, Woods’ car reached speeds of 84 to 87 mph (135-140 km / h) when he lost control along a curve that was the site of 14 other accidents, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference. The speed limit was 45 mph (72 km / h).

The sport utility vehicle (SUV) was traveling at 120 km / h when it hit a tree, Villanueva said. There was no evidence that Woods, 45, was impaired or that he had used drugs or alcohol, the sheriff added.

The car’s “black box” data logger showed Woods had engaged the throttle and never applied the brake during the incident, LASD Captain James Powers said.

This could indicate that he may have mistakenly hit the wrong pedal while trying to control the car, Powers said.

“It is believed that when you panic or have some kind of sudden interruption while driving, your first thought is to apply the brake and it is thought that he may have done it, but he stepped on the accelerator, ”Powers said.

The car crash left the 82-time PGA Tour winner with a fractured right leg and broken ankle, and stunned the sports world and beyond, with former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama among those who offered their support. Woods was treated at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center as well as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Woods was not cited for driving at excessive speeds as there were no witnesses to the incident, which only involved his car, Villanueva said.

“The decision not to issue a citation will be exactly the same for anyone in this room who has been through the same situation – a solo collision, there are no witnesses, (it’s) an offense only, and we’re not going to issue a subpoena on an offense not committed in the presence of a peace officer or independent witnesses, ”he said.

On Twitter, Woods said Wednesday that he had been informed by the sheriff’s department that he had closed the investigation. The golfer expressed his gratitude to those who had helped him, including passers-by who called the 911 emergency service and paramedics who took him to hospital.

“I will continue to focus on my recovery and my family, and I thank everyone for the amazing support and encouragement I have received throughout this very difficult time,” said Woods, who will miss the Masters of this week recovering from the accident.


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