Tiger Woods was speeding when he crashed his jeep in February, leaving the 45-year-old golf legendauthorities said on Wednesday. His vehicle was traveling between 84 and 87 miles per hour in an area outside of Los Angeles with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told a news conference.
“The main causative factor for this collision is driving at a speed that is not safe for road conditions and the inability to overcome the curve of the roadway,” Villanueva said.
On Feb. 23, Woods hit the median around 7 a.m. local time at Rolling Hills Estates. His car went off the road, hit a tree and overturned in an area known for accidents. Woods spent weeks in hospital after surgery and is now recovering at home.
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The sheriff reiterated that there was no evidence that Woods had been impaired and said it was not appropriate to give Woods a field sobriety test, given the serious nature of his injuries at the scene. He said Woods and his team cooperated during the investigation.
“While investigators interviewed him at the scene and at the hospital, these questions were asked and there was nothing to indicate intoxication,” said Captain James Powers.
Villanueva said his office did not quote because the speeding was not observed by a police officer or witnesses and did not involve other care – such as the department’s policy. The sheriff also denied giving Woods special treatment during the investigation.
In a statement Wednesday, Woods thanked lawmakers and firefighters who responded to the February crash. “I will continue to focus on recovery and my family and thank everyone for the tremendous support and encouragement I received during this very difficult period,” he said.