Tiger Woods’s Car Crash Was Caused by Excessive Speed

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department officially revealed the results of its investigation Wednesday morning

UPDATE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7 — At a press conference this morning, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced the cause of Tiger Woods’s February car crash in the Rolling Hills Estates area. According to the sheriff’s department’s crash investigation, Woods was traveling at around 85 mph when he lost control of the Genesis SUV he was driving, which subsequently struck a tree. The speed limit on that stretch of road is 45 mph. Based on info drawn from the vehicle’s data recorder, James Powers, captain of the Lomita Sheriff’s Station, says he thinks that Woods may have accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake.

Despite the excessive speed, no charges will be filed against the 45-year-old golf legend, who sustained compound fractures to his right leg and had to undergo extensive surgery at UCLA-Harbor Medical Center.

The crash investigation was completed last week, but the results weren’t immediately released because of privacy issues. Woods waived his right to privacy, giving the department permission to discuss the crash.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24—Tiger Woods is reportedly “awake, responsive, and recovering” after his frightening car accident near Rolling Hills Estates yesterday, during which the golfer sustained compound fractures to his right leg. According to a statement from Dr. Anish Mahajan at UCLA-Harbor Medical Center, Woods suffered “significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery.” Mahajan describes the injuries, saying, “comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia. Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is reportedly investigating the cause of the crash, although they’ve determined that weather wasn’t a factor. Likewise, they don’t suspect that Woods was under the influence. Locals tell TMZ that the stretch of roadway where Woods’s accident took place is known for being perilous.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23—PGA golf star Tiger Woods, 45, had to be pried from a car with the jaws of life this morning after a single-car, roll-over crash near Rancho Palos Verdes. According to a statement from Woods’s agent, Mark Steinberg, Woods suffered “multiple leg injuries” and was undergoing surgery.

Woods was reportedly the sole occupant of the car, which was traveling north on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Road when he crashed just after 7 a.m. The vehicle sustained major damage, and Woods had to be extricated from the by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, sheriff’s officials said.

“The vehicle sustained major damage,” LASD said in a statement. He was transported to a local hospital by ambulance, where he is being treated for his injuries.

According to Golf Digest, Woods was in L.A. for a shoot with the magazine. Yesterday, he was seen in photos on social media playing golf at Rolling Hills Country Club with celebs including Dwyane Wade and David Spade.

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