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 first causal issue for the collision was driving at an unsafe pace for the highway situations and being unable to barter the curve,” mentioned Villanueva.
Woods was not cited for driving too quick and no legal expenses might be filed, Villanueva mentioned. He added that there have been no indicators of impairment or intoxication, and that Woods was sporting his seatbelt.
The captain of the Lomita Sheriff’s Station, James Powers, mentioned that information was obtained from the car’s occasion information recorder, identified colloquially because the black field. The info confirmed that Woods had hit the accelerator all through the crash, and that the strain utilized to the pedal was 99 p.c. Powers mentioned 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 mentioned, as a result of below California legislation that usually requires both an impartial witness or a legislation enforcement officer to witness the extreme pace. He mentioned that Woods didn’t obtain any particular therapy, and no person could be cited for dashing 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. Medical doctors not concerned in Woods’s care have predicted an extremely difficult recovery from his accidents.
Woods crashed his automobile on a windy and tough stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard that’s identified for automobile crashes close to Rancho Palos Verdes, a coastal metropolis in Los Angeles County. In response 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 highway can also be identified for dashing. Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the primary emergency responder to reach on the scene, mentioned at a information convention in February that he had typically seen autos going greater than 80 miles per hour on Hawthorne Boulevard.
Woods’s car hit the median strip, traveled lots of of toes and rolled a number of instances earlier than it stopped in brush on the alternative facet of the highway. Alongside the best way it hit a tree, which despatched the S.U.V. “airborne” the place it did “considerably of a pirouette,” in response to Powers.
Woods was rapidly taken to Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Heart, the place he underwent emergency surgical procedure, after which was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Heart for follow-up procedures. He spent a number of days within the hospital receiving therapy, although there may be nonetheless some confusion concerning the actual nature of his accidents.
Dr. Anish Mahajan, the performing chief government of Harbor-U.C.L.A., mentioned in a statement the evening 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 have 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 mentioned earlier that Woods had “severe accidents” to each legs.
Woods underwent again surgical procedure, his fifth, in Dec. 2020, simply the newest damage to sluggish his golf profession. He has gained only one main golf championship since 2008.
February’s crash will not be 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 house in the course of the evening. He was knocked unconscious and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance, the place he was handled for minor facial accidents.
However the incident is remembered principally for what occurred subsequent and the fallout for his profession. There have been quite a few experiences 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 mentioned there was no odor of alcohol, open containers or any narcotics within the car or on Woods after the February crash. Woods instructed legislation enforcement investigators that he had not been ingesting and had not taken any prescription tablets. Investigators didn’t get hold of or check Woods’s blood.
Woods, who lives in Florida, was in Southern California to host the Genesis Invitational on the Riviera Nation Membership within 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 supplied to him through the match; he’s known for always 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 discharge of the report.