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Los Angeles sheriff: Excessive speed caused Tiger Woods crash

Last Updated Apr 7, 2021 at 4:59 pm EDT

LOS ANGELES – The sheriff for Los Angeles County says Tiger Woods was driving up to 87 m.p.h. when he crashed his Genesis SUV on February 23 in southern California, County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says.

According to sheriff Villanueva, Woods was driving over 80 m.p.h. in an area where the posted speed limit is 45 m.p.h.

Officials note Woods showed no signs of impairment and no evidence of prescription medication or alcohol was found at the scene.

There was also no evidence that Woods attempted to brake before the collision but investigators now believe Tiger accidentally stepped on the gas seconds before losing control of the vehicle, based on info taken from the vehicle’s data recorder.

The details of the police’s investigation had not been previously released due to local privacy laws.

The athlete was seriously injured in the wreck.

Woods, who is from the Los Angeles area, had been back home to host his P-G-A tournament, the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, when the crash happened on February 23rd.

He was driving an S-U-V loaned to him by the tournament when he struck a raised median in Rolling Hills Estates, just outside Los Angeles.

The S-U-V crossed through two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree on a downhill stretch that police said is known for wrecks.

The athlete is in Florida recovering from multiple surgeries.

Woods has never gone an entire year without playing, dating back to his first P-G-A Tour event as a 16-year-old in high school.


With files from Sportsnet Staff

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