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Police release cause of Tiger Woods’s wreck: excessive speed

Over speeding caused Woods accident says police


On the eve of the Masters, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has released the cause of the February wreck where Tiger Woods suffered extensive injury: excessive speed of 82-87 mph in a 45-mph zone.

Early in the morning of Feb. 24, Woods was driving in the Rancho Palos Verdes area of Los Angeles, en route to a golf course where he was filming a segment for a television show, when his SUV left the road and flipped before coming to rest on its side. Woods hit accelerator at ‘99%’

In a news conference Wednesday, law enforcement said that data recordings from the car show that Woods did not brake prior to the accident but did press on the accelerator at a “99 percent” rate. Lomita Captain James Powers said investigators believe Woods accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake. The final estimated speed when Woods’ vehicle struck a tree was 75 mph.

Woods was taken to a nearby hospital with severe injuries to his right leg; he returned home to Florida several weeks later. (Here’s a complete update of all that’s known about Woods’ condition since the wreck.)

Woods has little to no memory of the accident, and suffered several blows to the head during the wreck. Deputies on the scene said there was no evidence of Woods being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. L.A. Powers reiterated that finding Wednesday, saying no evidence of alcohol or narcotics were found in the vehicle.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department did not seek a search warrant for Woods’ blood samples or cell phone records, saying there was no probable cause for a criminal investigation. The department did obtain a search warrant for the data recorder of the 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV. However, the department did not forward any criminal charges to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

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When asked why Woods has not been issued a citation, Powers explained that in cases where there are no eye witnesses or observation by police, there is no evidence to support writing a citation.

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