Tiger Woods was accelerating earlier than the automobile crash, law enforcement officials say
Tiger Woods accelerated up to 87 mph – or more than 45 mph faster than the legal speed limit – before its SUV crashed in southern California in late February, seriously injuring the golf legend, police said Wednesday.
Woods’ vehicle, a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV, was traveling an estimated 75 mph when it hit a tree and rolled over, according to police citing a data recorder in that luxury vehicle.
The recorder showed that the vehicle was going between 68 and 86.99 mph in some places before failing to negotiate a curve on the road just outside Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who adamantly denied that Woods was treated favorably by the police in their investigation, said the Feb. 23 accident was the result of Woods driving in a way they consider unsafe designated for the road conditions.
At a news conference, Villanueva also said there was no evidence that 45-year-old Woods was impaired or intoxicated at Rolling Hills Estates at the time of the Feb.23 crash.
Police didn’t check if Woods texted Woods before the crash and said there was no need to do so.
Cops also said they won’t issue a quote for Woods, who is currently recovering at his Florida home. Issuing a reckless driving ticket would require proof that Woods committed multiple violations prior to the accident, such as: B. unsafe lane changes or unsafe overtaking other cars, so the police.
Woods has no memory of the collision, police said at the press conference.
Villanueva said he could only reveal the cause of the crash because Woods agreed to it.
“The main cause of this traffic accident was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the estimated speed of the road in the first impact area was 84 to 87 mph,” said Villanueva.
Woods didn’t brake before crashing the car, according to police, who said the data recorder revealed that he may have accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brakes prior to the collision.
“I know there are some who say he somehow received special or preferential treatment that is absolutely wrong,” said Villanueva.
“There was no sign of impairment. Our main concern when we were obviously at the scene of the collision was his, his safety.”
He said there was no likely cause, such as open alcohol containers or signs of narcotics in the car, that would have allowed investigators to obtain a search warrant to test Woods’ blood for intoxicants
The golfer, who was alone in the SUV, was trapped in the wreckage that occurred after hitting a mean mean on the road. Then he raced into the brush and hit a tree just before 7:12 a.m. PT.
After Woods was freed from the vehicle, he was taken to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery that a doctor at the time described as “major orthopedic injuries” to his right lower leg.
Woods’ epic career of 82 PGA titles and wins at 15 major championships was turned upside down in November 2009 after he crashed another SUV into a fire hydrant outside his then Florida residence.
Woods was knocked unconscious for more than five minutes from this crash. His then-wife Elin Nordegren is said to have used a golf club to break a window and pull it out of the car.
The incident led to weeks of reports that Woods was involved in several extramarital affairs. Shortly afterwards, he entered a clinic for treatment.
In May 2017, Woods was charged with driving under the Florida influence after police discovered him sleeping in a damaged car.
In an apology later, Woods blamed “an unexpected reaction” to a mixture of prescribed drugs for his faint.
“I want the public to know it’s not alcohol,” Woods said at the time.
A month after this arrest, Woods entered a clinic for treatment of problems with prescription pain medication and a sleep disorder.
Woods reportedly used pain medication to get up and move around while recovering from four back surgeries.
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