Tiger Woods crashed while driving at dangerous speeds: sheriff


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday revealed more information about what caused golf star Tiger Woods to crash in February.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods was “driving at a speed unsafe for road conditions,” first hitting a curb at 84-87 mph and then a tree at 75 mph. The speed limit on the road was 45 mph.

He was reportedly running late to the golf course.

Woods was not cited for speeding because an officer was not there to observe it, Capt. James Powers with the sheriff’s department said. He also added that speeding is an “infraction,” not a crime.

“There was no evidence of any impairment,” Powers said. “He was in a state of shock” when authorities responded, he added.

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva

Detectives did not seek search warrants for the athlete’s blood samples, which could have been screened for drugs or alcohol.

Investigators, however, did search the SUV’s data recorder, known as a black box, in the days after the crash.

Villanueva said that it is policy to only make reports available to just the parties involved and Woods gave permission to share the cause with the public.

He maintained that Woods did not get any preferential treatment.

The shocking accident happened the morning of Feb. 23 in Rolling Hills Estates, which is just outside of L.A. He was driving an SUV loaned to him by the tournament.

He suffered multiple leg injuries, worrying fans about his ability to play again.

On March 16, Woods said he was back home to continue his recovery. “I am so grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement that I have received over the past few weeks,” Woods tweeted.

Woods told deputies — both at the wreckage and later at the hospital — that he did not know how the crash occurred and didn’t remember driving, according to the affidavit.

Authorities found the cause of the crash about a week ago but originally did not intend to share it due to “privacy concerns.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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