Tiger Woods was accelerating when he crashed his SUV in February, which left the 45-year-old golfing legend with, the authorities said on Wednesday. His vehicle was traveling between 84 and 87 mph in an area outside Los Angeles with a speed limit of 45 mph, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference.
“The main causative factor for this road collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway,” Villanueva said.
On February 23, Woods hit a median around 7 a.m. local time at Rolling Hills Estates. His vehicle pulled off the road, hit a tree, and rolled over in an area known to have crashes. Woods spent weeks in the hospital after undergoing surgery and is now recovering at home.
Citing the vehicle’s data logger, police found that Woods “inadvertently” hit the accelerator instead of the break after hitting the median, causing high speeds throughout the collision. The vehicle was traveling at 120 km / h when it struck a tree.
The sheriff reiterated that there was no evidence that Woods was impaired and said it was not appropriate to subject Woods to a field sobriety test given the severity of his injuries on the places. He said Woods and his team had cooperated throughout the investigation.
“As investigators questioned him at the scene and at the hospital, these questions were asked and there was no indication of poisoning,” said Captain James Powers.
Villanueva said his office did not issue a citation because the speeding was not observed by a police officer or witnesses and did not involve any other care – which is the policy of the department. The sheriff also denied giving Woods special treatment during the investigation.
In one declaration Woods on Wednesday thanked MPs and firefighters who responded to the February crash. “I will continue to focus on my recovery and my family and I will thank everyone for the amazing support and encouragement I have received throughout this very difficult time,” he said.