Tiger Woods was speeding before crashing SUV, constable states
LOS ANGELES— Tiger Woods was speeding when he crashed an SUV in Southern California less than 2 months ago, leaving the golf superstar seriously injured, authorities stated Wednesday.
Woods was driving 84 to 87 mph on a downhill stretch of road outside Los Angeles that had a speed limit of 45 miles per hour, Los Angeles County Constable Alex Villanueva stated Wednesday.
The stretch of road is known for wrecks and chauffeurs hitting speeds so high that there is an emergency exit for runaway vehicles simply beyond where Woods crashed.
Villanueva blamed the Feb. 23 crash entirely on extreme speed and Woods’ loss of control behind the wheel. Sheriff’s Capt. James Powers stated there was no proof that the golfer braked throughout the wreck and that it’s believed Woods inadvertently struck the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.
Investigators did not seek search warrants for the athlete’s blood samples, which could have been screened for drugs or alcohol, or his cellphone. Sheriff’s officials said Woods informed deputies that he had not consumed medication or alcohol prior to the crash.
Authorities stated there was no evidence of disability or of sidetracked driving, so they didn’t have probable cause to get those warrants. Investigators, nevertheless, did browse the SUV’s data recorder, understood as a black box.
No traffic citations were issued. The constable said Woods permitted for authorities to expose information about the crash.
Files show that Woods told deputies he did not understand how the crash occurred and did not keep in mind driving. At the time of the wreck, Woods was recovering from a fifth back surgical treatment, which took place 2 months previously.
Woods, who is originally from the Los Angeles location, had been back house to host his PGA tournament, the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Nation Club, when the crash happened.
He was driving an SUV lent to him by the competition when he struck a raised typical in Rolling Hills Estates, just outside Los Angeles. The SUV crossed through 2 approaching lanes and rooted out a tree.
The professional athlete remains in Florida recuperating from multiple surgeries, including a lengthy procedure for shattered tibia and fibula bones in his lower ideal leg in several areas. Those were stabilized with a rod in his tibia. Extra injuries to the bones in his foot and ankle required screws and pins.
Woods, 45, has never gone an entire year without playing, dating back to his very first PGA Trip occasion as a 16-year-old in high school. He had actually hoped to play this year in the Masters competition, which begins Thursday.
Rory McIlroy, a four-time major golf champ who lives near Woods in Florida, stated he visited him on March 21.
“Spent a couple hours with him, which was nice. It was excellent to see him,” McIlroy stated Tuesday from the Masters. “It was excellent to see him in good spirits. When you become aware of these things and you take a look at the cars and truck and you see the crash, you think he’s going to be in a medical facility bed for six months. But he was really doing better than that.”
In the weeks after the crash, the sheriff called it “purely a mishap” and stated there was no proof of problems. Villanueva dealt with criticism for labeling the crash a mishap before the investigation had concluded.
This is the third time Woods has been associated with an automobile investigation.
The most well-known example was when his SUV ran over a fire hydrant and hit a tree early on the morning after Thanksgiving in 2009. That crash was the start of shocking discoveries that he had been cheating on his spouse with several women. Woods lost significant business sponsorships, went to a rehab center in Mississippi and did not return to golf for five months.
In May 2017, Florida cops found him asleep behind the wheel of a parking area awkwardly on the side of the roadway. He was apprehended on a DUI charge and said later on he had an unanticipated reaction to prescription medicine for his back discomfort. Woods pleaded guilty to negligent driving and looked into a clinic to get aid with prescription medication and a sleep disorder.
Associated Press Golf Author Doug Ferguson contributed from Augusta, Georgia.
Published at Wed, 07 Apr 2021 17:38:37 +0000