Excessive speed caused Tiger Woods’ SUV crash, sheriff says

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Sheriff's department executes warrant for black box crash data from Tiger Woods' SUV

The Tiger Woods accident in February was caused by excessive speed, the Los Angeles borough sheriff’s office said Wednesday.

Woods’ SUV was going from 84 to 87 mph on an exit outside of Los Angeles that had a speed limit of 45 mph and was traveling 75 mph when his car hit a tree, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

No traffic quotes were issued and there were no signs of impairment or distracted driving.

Villanueva made the February 23 crash entirely due to excessive speed and Wood’s loss of control behind the wheel. Sheriff’s Captain James Powers said there was no evidence that the golfer braked during the wreck and that Woods was believed to have accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.

Villanueva said Woods and his agents were cooperative during the investigation and gave permission to share the results.

Woods, from the Los Angeles area, was home to be hosting his PGA tournament, the Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club, when the crash occurred.

He was driving an SUV that was loaned to him from the tournament when it hit an elevated median in Rolling Hills Estates, just outside of Los Angeles. The SUV crossed two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree on a descent that is known for wrecks, according to police.

Documents show Woods told MPs he did not know how the accident happened and does not remember driving. At the time of the wreck, Woods was recovering from a fifth back surgery that had taken place two months earlier.

Woods is in Florida recovering from multiple surgeries for serious leg injuries sustained in the accident. Woods has never had a full year without a game and dates back to his first PGA Tour event as a 16-year-old in high school.

Rory McIlroy, a four-time great golf champ who lives near Woods, said he visited him on March 21.

“It was nice to see him,” McIlroy said of the Masters on Tuesday. “It was nice to see him in a decent mood.” When you hear about these things and look at the car and see the accident, you think it will be in a hospital bed for six months. But he was actually doing better. ”

Villanueva had previously said that detectives had determined the cause of the crash but would not release it, citing privacy concerns and the alleged need for Woods’ permission to divulge information.

Villanueva was criticized for weeks for commenting on the accident, describing it as a “pure accident” and saying there was no evidence of impairment. Documents show Woods told MPs he did not know how the accident occurred and does not remember driving.

Detectives searched the Genesis GV80 SUV 2021’s data recorder known as the black box. Investigators, however, did not seek a warrant for Woods’ blood samples that could be screened for drugs and alcohol.

This is the third time Woods has been involved in a vehicle inspection.

The most notorious example was when his SUV ran over a fire hydrant and hit a tree early in the morning after Thanksgiving 2009. That crash started shocking revelations that he cheated on his wife with several women. Woods lost key corporate sponsorships, went to a rehabilitation clinic in Mississippi, and did not return to golf for five months.

In May 2017, Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a car that was awkwardly parked on the side of the road. He was arrested on a DUI charge and later said he had an unexpected reaction to prescription drugs because of his back pain. Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving and checked into a clinic for help with prescription drugs and a sleep disorder.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.