Los Angeles, United States:
Tiger Woods was traveling at a “dangerous” speed almost double the 45 mph limit when he crashed in California in February, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said on Wednesday.
Woods’ SUV was going up to 140 kilometers an hour before pulling off the road and turning around several times in the Ranchos Palos Verdes crash, leaving the 15-time major champion with a broken right leg.
“The main causative factor in this road collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the bend in the road,” said Alex Villanueva.
“The estimated speeds in the first impact zone were 84 to 140 km / h.”
There was “no sign of impairment,” nor any evidence of “distracted driving,” and Woods voluntarily allowed the results of the investigation to be made public, officials said.
Woods, 45, may have inadvertently hit the throttle instead of the brakes while losing control, said Captain James Powers, although Woods himself does not recall the incident.
Both officials said the golfer received no special treatment and was not cited for speeding as there were no witnesses or police present at the time. Woods will not face criminal charges.
The crash would have been further investigated “if there had been a significant injury or death” and involved someone else, Powers said.
Investigators did not check Woods’ phone or test his blood work because there was “no evidence of impairment or intoxication,” Powers said at a press conference.
The serious leg injuries suffered by Woods raised fears for the future of his astonishing career.
The star, whose 82 American PGA titles are on par with Sam Snead for all-time winning record, won the 2019 Masters for his first major title in 11 years to complete an astonishing comeback after multiple breast surgeries. back.
Following the accident on February 23, he underwent hours of surgery to repair his shattered right leg and ankle, which included inserting a rod into his tibia and screws and pins to stabilize the ‘joint.
He is recovering at his home in Florida and will not compete in this year’s Masters, which begins Thursday.
Woods was in the Los Angeles area for his annual Genesis Invitational golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club and was driving a courtesy car the morning of the accident.
Powers dismissed claims Woods was seen driving erratically earlier in the morning, telling reporters that CCTV footage showed the golfer traveling at normal and safe speeds at the start of his trip.
Sheriff Villanueva described the stretch of road as “dangerous”, with several people approaching it with too much speed for the conditions “due to the design of the road.
The district supervisor was planning to introduce traffic control measures to reduce speed, he said.
Woods has been involved in infamous driving incidents before.
In November 2009, he crashed his car into a tree and fire hydrant outside his luxury Florida home, triggering a series of outrageous revelations that doomed his marriage and put his gambling into free fall.
In May 2017, he was arrested near his home for falling asleep while driving his car in a traffic lane. Woods said he took prescription drugs and pleaded guilty to reckless driving.
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