FILE PHOTO: A sheriff officer takes pictures of the broken automotive of Tiger Woods following his automotive crash close to Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Tiger Woods was touring greater than 40 miles per hour (64 km per hour) above the pace restrict when he misplaced management of his automotive, inflicting the crash that severely injured him in February, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division mentioned on Wednesday.
Heading down a notoriously harmful stretch of street within the Rolling Hills Estates neighborhood in Los Angeles County, Woods’ automotive reached speeds of 84 to 87 mph (135-140 kph) 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 pace restrict was 45 mph (72 kph).
The game utility car (SUV) was going 75 mph (120 kph) when it hit a tree, Villanueva mentioned. There was no proof that Woods, 45, was impaired or that he had consumed medicine or alcohol, the sheriff added.
The automotive’s so-called “black field” knowledge recorder confirmed that Woods engaged the accelerator and by no means utilized the brake throughout the incident, mentioned LASD Captain James Powers.
That might point out that he might have mistakenly hit the incorrect pedal whereas attempting to regulate the automotive, Powers mentioned.
“It’s believed that if you panic or you may have some form of sudden interruption when you’re driving, your preliminary thought is to hit the brake and it’s believed he might have finished 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 provided 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 via the identical scenario – 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 unbiased witnesses,” he mentioned.
On Twitter, Woods mentioned on Wednesday that he had been knowledgeable by the sheriff’s division that it had closed the investigation. The golfer expressed gratitude to those that had helped him, together with passersby who known as the 911 emergency service, and paramedics who rushed him to the hospital.
“I’ll proceed to give attention to my restoration and household, and thank everybody for the overwhelming help and encouragement I’ve obtained all through this very tough time,” mentioned Woods, who will miss this week’s Masters whereas recovering from the crash.
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