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Tiger Woods crashed in February because he was driving at a dangerous speed and failed to overcome a curve on the road, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said.
The legendary golfer suffered a complex fracture of one leg in addition to other injuries in the crash with a single vehicle on February 23 in the Los Angeles area.
“Expected speeds in the first impact zone ranged from 84 to 87 miles per hour, and the final estimated speed when the car hit the tree was 75 miles per hour,” Sheriff Alex Vilanueva told reporters when announcing the department’s findings on the cause. for the crash.
The announced speed was 45 mph, Captain James Powers later said.
He suggested a factor that may have contributed to the crash: “There was no evidence of braking during this collision. It is alleged and believed that Tiger Woods inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.” The accelerator is pushed down just below the maximum, Powers said.
Eventually, the car hit a tree, causing the vehicle to spin in the air and do a few pirouettes, landing sideways, Powers added.
Officials said they did not conduct tests to determine whether Woods was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as they concluded that there was no probable reason for this. Woods shows no signs of damage and there is no other evidence that intoxication may be a factor, they added.
The golfer will not receive a quote, Villanueva said, stressing that Woods cooperated in the investigation. Details of an investigation like this would normally be confidential, he said, but Woods and his representatives allowed the information to be published.
Woods managed to return to his home in Florida in mid-March, where he is recovering. In a statement Wednesday, he praised the sheriff’s department and firefighters and paramedics who helped him at the scene.
“I will continue to focus on my recovery and my family, and I thank everyone for the tremendous support and encouragement I received during this very difficult time,” he said.