Tiger Woods was touring greater than 40 miles per hour above the velocity restrict when he misplaced management of his automotive, inflicting the accident that severely injured him in February, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division mentioned on Wednesday.
Heading down a notoriously harmful stretch of highway within the Rolling Hills Estates neighborhood in Los Angeles County, Woods’ automotive reached speeds of 84 to 87 miles per hour (135-140 kilometers per hour) when he misplaced management alongside a curve that has been the positioning of 14 different accidents, Sheriff Alex Villanueva mentioned at a information convention. The velocity restrict was 45.
The automobile was going 75 miles per hour when it hit a tree, Villanueva mentioned. There was no proof that Woods, 45, was impaired or that he had consumed medication or alcohol, he added.
The automotive’s so-called “black field” knowledge recorder confirmed that Woods engaged the accelerator and by no means utilized the brake through the incident, mentioned LASD Captain James Powers.
That would point out that he might have mistakenly hit the mistaken pedal whereas making an attempt to regulate the automotive, Powers mentioned.”It’s believed that while you panic or you’ve got some type of sudden interruption whilst you’re driving, your preliminary thought is to hit the brake and it’s believed he might have performed that however hit the accelerator,” Powers mentioned.
The one-car crash left the 82-time PGA Tour winner with a fractured proper leg and shattered ankle, and surprised the world of sport and past, with former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama amongst those that supplied help. Woods was handled at Harbor-UCLA Medical Middle in addition to Cedars-Sinai Medical Middle.
Woods was not cited for driving at extreme speeds as a result of there have been no witnesses to the incident, which concerned solely his automotive, Villanueva mentioned.
“The choice to not difficulty a quotation would be the very same factor for anybody on this room who went by means of the identical state of affairs – a solo site visitors collision, there’s no witnesses (it’s) infraction solely, and we’re not going to difficulty a quotation on an infraction not dedicated in a peace officer’s presence or impartial witnesses,” he mentioned.