Tiger Woods was traveling at nearly twice the posted speed limit of 45 mph before hitting a steep curve and crashing into the Palos Verdes Peninsula in February, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said on Wednesday in a statement. long-awaited report on the accident that left the golf course. legend seriously injured.
Excessive speed and the inability to negotiate the curve of the road caused the accident on February 23, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. Woods was driving a borrowed Hyundai Genesis SUV when he crashed and sustained serious ankle and leg injuries, which could threaten his playing career.
Investigators looked at the SUV’s advanced data systems to determine that Woods had reached speeds of 84 to 87 mph at the time of the crash at Rancho Palos Verdes. The sheriff released the information after Woods waived any objection to the release of information about the crash.
Instead of slowing down on the twisty stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard, Woods accelerated down the steep incline, sometimes surprising drivers oblivious to their increasing momentum. Woods’ SUV crossed two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree before turning over onto a downhill stretch that police said was known for its wrecks.
In the year leading up to the rollover, 13 more motorists crashed on the Hawthorne stretch, and all but two were found guilty. Villanueva said it’s easy for a pilot to pick up speed on the downhill stretch, where gravity alone creates momentum.
Woods had remained in the Los Angeles area after hosting the Genesis Invitational golf tournament. He was on his way to the Rolling Hills Country Club around 7 a.m. on February 23 for a shoot after spending the night at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. According to sources, witnesses described Woods as rushing out of the station and immediately accelerating away from the parking lot.
Woods is now in Florida recovering from several surgeries.
There had been growing questions about why more information had not been released on the crash.
Last week, Villanueva said detectives determined the cause of the crash, but declined to release details, citing unspecified privacy concerns.
Investigators did not ask for a search warrant after the accident for a blood sample from Woods, which could have been tested for drugs and alcohol, because the sheriff said they had no probable reason to believe the golf legend was under the ‘affecting. In 2017, Woods went to a clinic for help with drug addiction after a DUI charge in his home state of Florida.
Detectives, however, obtained a search warrant for the 2021 Genesis GV80 data logger, known as the black box. Villanueva, until Wednesday, did not say what data was found in the black box.
Woods told investigators he has no recollection of what happened.
Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the senior accident investigator in the case and the first deputy to arrive at the scene, has publicly stated that he did not observe anything that led him to suspect that Woods was under the attack. influence of a substance and therefore had no legal basis to test it for alcohol, narcotics or prescription drugs. Woods was calm and lucid, he added. In February, Villanueva said there was no evidence to suggest the golfer’s actions turned into reckless driving.
The sheriff also said the golf superstar has not received special treatment from his office.
“I know there has been a lot of concern about [receiving] any different treatment from anyone – he didn’t. He received the same treatment everyone would receive, ”Villanueva said last month. “First, there is no clear evidence of impairment, and it’s a fracture made up in a horrific scene. Our concern is shifting to humanitarian, you know, the preservation of life, that sort of thing. And the accident becomes secondary. “