In February, American professional golfer Tiger Woods suffered a serious accident that left him hospitalized with serious leg injuries. At the time, police declined to cite a cause as they investigated, although today the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office announced excessive speeding caused the Feb. 24 crash. Authorities estimate Woods was driving at nearly double the speed limit at the time of the crash.
According to police, the Woods Genesis GV80 he was driving, on loan from the luxury automaker for the 2021 Genesis Invitational PGA Tour event, was traveling between 84 and 87 miles per hour (135 and 140 kilometers per hour) on a highway with a speed limit of 45 mph (72 km / h) at the time of the accident. The SUV struck a tree while traveling at 120 km / h. Police said the speeding prevented Woods from negotiating a turn on the roadway.
Police did not issue a traffic citation to Woods, and detectives investigating the crash refused to obtain search warrants for blood samples as there was no evidence the golfer was weakened in the time of the accident. According to ESPN, documents show that Woods informed MPs that he did not recall the accident or the conduct leading up to it. Woods was recovering from recent back surgery at the time of the accident.
Police searched the vehicle’s data logger, leading police to believe Woods may have mixed up the accelerator and brake pedals. The accident left Woods with multiple serious injuries to his lower right leg, including open fractures and others that required surgery. The golfer today released a statement on Twitter thanking those who helped him following the crash, adding that he will continue to focus on his recovery. It is not known if the injuries will prevent the athlete from returning to play.