Tiger Woods was driving about 40 miles per hour over the pace restrict when he crashed a sport-utility automobile in February, in line with Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Woods was touring between 84 and 87 miles per hour in a forty five m.p.h. zone, Villanueva mentioned at a information convention Wednesday. His automobile was touring at an estimated 75 m.p.h. when it struck a tree.
“The first causal issue for the collision was driving at an unsafe pace for the street situations and being unable to barter the curve,” mentioned Villanueva.
Woods was not cited for driving too quick and no prison expenses might be filed, Villanueva mentioned. He added that there have been no indicators of impairment or intoxication, and that Woods was carrying his seatbelt.
The captain of the Lomita Sheriff’s Station, James Powers, mentioned that knowledge was obtained from the automobile’s occasion knowledge recorder, recognized colloquially because the black field. The information confirmed that Woods had hit the accelerator all through the crash, and that the stress utilized to the pedal was 99 %. Powers mentioned he believed that Woods inadvertently hit the accelerator whereas making an attempt to brake.
Woods has no recollection of the collision, and there have been no witnesses to the crash.
Woods was not cited, Villanueva mentioned, as a result of underneath California legislation that usually requires both an unbiased witness or a legislation enforcement officer to witness the extreme pace. He mentioned that Woods didn’t obtain any particular therapy, and no one can be cited for rushing in a solo automobile collision with none witnesses.
Woods needed to be extracted from his S.U.V. after the crash on the morning of Feb. 23 and brought to the hospital, the place he underwent a number of surgical procedures on his proper leg. Docs not concerned in Woods’s care have predicted an extremely difficult recovery from his accidents.
Woods crashed his automobile on a windy and tough stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard that’s recognized for automobile crashes close to Rancho Palos Verdes, a coastal metropolis in Los Angeles County. In response to knowledge collected by the sheriff’s division, there have been 13 crashes, 4 with accidents, from Jan. 3, 2020, to Feb. 23 of this 12 months inside a 1.35-mile stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard that features the positioning the place Woods crashed.
That stretch of street can also be recognized for rushing. Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the primary emergency responder to reach on the scene, mentioned at a information convention in February that he had generally seen autos going greater than 80 miles per hour on Hawthorne Boulevard.
Woods’s automobile hit the median strip, traveled a whole lot of ft and rolled a number of instances earlier than it stopped in brush on the other facet of the street. Alongside the best way it hit a tree, which despatched the S.U.V. “airborne” the place it did “considerably of a pirouette,” in line with Powers.
Woods was shortly taken to Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Heart, the place he underwent emergency surgical procedure, after which was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Heart for follow-up procedures. He spent a number of days within the hospital receiving therapy, although there’s nonetheless some confusion in regards to the actual nature of his accidents.
Dr. Anish Mahajan, the performing chief govt of Harbor-U.C.L.A., mentioned in a statement the night time after the crash that each bones in Woods’s decrease proper leg, the tibia and the fibula, had been damaged in a number of locations and had been “open fractures,” that means the bones had pierced his pores and skin.
The assertion didn’t describe any accidents to Woods’s left leg, although Daryl L. Osby, the Los Angeles County hearth chief, had mentioned earlier that Woods had “critical accidents” to each legs.
Woods underwent again surgical procedure, his fifth, in Dec. 2020, simply the newest harm to sluggish his golf profession. He has gained only one main golf championship since 2008.
February’s crash isn’t the primary time Woods’s life, and profession, has been derailed by a automobile crash. In 2009 he crashed his S.U.V. into a fire hydrant outdoors his Florida house in the midst of the night time. He was knocked unconscious and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance, the place he was handled for minor facial accidents.
However the incident is remembered largely for what occurred subsequent and the fallout for his profession. There have been quite a few reviews of Woods’s infidelities and an apology in which he admitted cheating on his wife. He misplaced quite a few sponsors and stepped away from golf for months. Woods and Elin Nordegren finally divorced.
Woods was additionally arrested in 2017 in Florida, after police discovered him asleep in his car on the side of a road at 3 a.m. with the engine operating. Woods blamed the incident on the interplay of a number of prescription medicines, together with Vicodin, and didn’t have any alcohol in his system. He finally entered a diversion program for first-time D.U.I. offenders, and pleaded responsible to reckless driving.
Captain Powers mentioned there was no odor of alcohol, open containers or any narcotics within the automobile or on Woods after the February crash. Woods instructed legislation enforcement investigators that he had not been ingesting and had not taken any prescription tablets. Investigators didn’t receive or take a look at Woods’s blood.
Woods, who lives in Florida, was in Southern California to host the Genesis Invitational on the Riviera Nation Membership within the Pacific Palisades part of Los Angeles the weekend earlier than the crash. Genesis Motor is a luxurious automobile division of Hyundai. Woods was driving a 2021 Genesis GV80 S.U.V., which was offered to him throughout the match; he’s known for always driving himself in a courtesy automobile at tournaments.
Sheriff Villanueva mentioned at a information convention final week that the reason for the crash had been decided, however citing California privateness legal guidelines, mentioned it couldn’t be launched with out Woods’s consent. Woods finally waived his proper to privateness and licensed the discharge of the report.