According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Tiger Woods was driving about 40 miles per hour over the speed limit when he crashed a sport utility vehicle in February. Woods was traveling between 84 and 87 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone, Villanueva said at a press conference on Wednesday. Her car was traveling at about 75 mph when it hit a tree.
“The main causal factor for the collision was driving at a speed that was dangerous for the road conditions and not being able to negotiate the curve,” Villanueva said.
Woods was not cited for driving too fast and no criminal charges will be laid, Villanueva said. He added that there was no sign of impairment or intoxication and that Woods was wearing his seat belt.
Lomita Sheriff’s Station captain James Powers said the data was obtained from the vehicle’s event data recorder, known colloquially as the black box. The data showed that Woods hit the accelerator throughout the crash and the pressure applied to the pedal was 99%. Powers said he believed Woods accidentally hit the accelerator while trying to brake.
Woods has no recollection of the collision and there were no witnesses to the crash.
Woods was not cited, Villanueva said, because under California law this generally requires an independent witness or law enforcement officer to witness the excessive speed. He said Woods had received no special treatment and that no one would be cited for speeding in a solo vehicle collision without any witnesses.
Woods had to be pulled out of his SUV after the crash on the morning of February 23 and taken to hospital, where he underwent several surgeries on his right leg. Doctors not involved in Woods’ care predicted an extremely difficult recovery from his injuries.
Woods crashed his car on a windy, tricky stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard, known for car crashes near Rancho Palos Verdes, a coastal town in Los Angeles County. According to data collected by the Sheriff’s Department, there were 13 crashes, including four with injuries, from January 3, 2020 to February 23 of this year in a 1.35 mile stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard that includes the site where Woods crashed.
This stretch of road is also known for speed. MP Carlos Gonzalez, the first emergency responder to arrive at the scene, told a press conference in February that he had occasionally seen vehicles going faster than 80 mph on Hawthorne Boulevard.
Woods’ vehicle struck the middle strip, traveled hundreds of feet, and rolled several times before coming to a stop in the brush across the road. Along the way, it hit a tree, which sent the SUV “up in the air” where it “did a kind of pirouette,” according to Powers.
Woods was quickly taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery, and then transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for follow-up procedures. He spent several days in the hospital receiving treatment, although there is still some confusion over the exact nature of his injuries.
Dr Anish Mahajan, Acting CEO of Harbor-UCLA, said in a report the night after the accident, both bones in Woods’ right leg, the tibia and fibula, had been broken in several places and were “open fractures,” meaning the bones had pierced his skin.
The statement did not describe any injuries to Woods’ left leg, although Daryl L. Osby, the Los Angeles County Fire Chief, earlier said Woods had “serious injuries” to both legs.
Woods underwent back surgery, his fifth, in December 2020, just the latest injury to slow his golf career. He has won only one major golf championship since 2008.
February’s accident isn’t the first time Woods’ life and career has been derailed by a car crash. In 2009, he crashed his SUV into a fire hydrant outside his Florida home in the middle of the night. He was knocked out and taken to hospital in an ambulance, where he was treated for minor facial injuries.
But the incident is mostly remembered for what happened next and the fallout for his career. There were numerous reports of Woods’ infidelities and apologies in which he admitted to cheating on his wife. He lost many sponsors and was away from golf for months. Woods and Elin Nordegren eventually divorced.
Woods was also arrested in 2017 in Florida, after police found him asleep in his car on the side of a road at 3 a.m. with the engine running. Woods blamed the incident on the interaction of several prescription drugs, including Vicodin, and had no alcohol in his system. He eventually entered a diversion program for first-time DUI offenders and pleaded guilty to reckless driving.
Captain Powers said there was no smell of alcohol, open containers or narcotics in the vehicle or on Woods after the February crash. Woods told law enforcement investigators he hasn’t been drinking or taking any prescription pills. Investigators did not obtain or test Woods’ blood.
Woods, who lives in Florida, was in Southern California to host the Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles the weekend before the crash. Genesis Motor is a luxury vehicle division of Hyundai. Woods was driving a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV, which was provided to him during the tournament; he is known to always drive himself in a courtesy car during tournaments.
Sheriff Villanueva told a press conference last week that the cause of the crash had been determined, but citing California privacy laws he said it could not be released. without Woods’ consent. Woods ultimately waived his right to privacy and allowed the report to be released.