Tiger Woods driving at ‘dangerous’ speed in car crash seriously injuring golf star

Tiger Woods' Hyundai Genesis SUV car pulled off hill after crash

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Tiger Woods was traveling at speeds of up to 87 mph (135 km / h) when he was involved in a serious car crash in February, Los Angeles police said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said on Wednesday the speed – which ultimately led to Woods hitting a tree at 75 mph – was “dangerous.”

According to Villanueva, investigators from the Sheriff’s Department believe Woods mistook the brake for the accelerator as his SUV got out of control.

The 15-time major winner suffered serious leg injuries in the single vehicle crash on February 23. This has left serious doubts as to whether he will play professional golf again.

Last month, the LA County Sheriff’s Department said it had determined the cause of the crash – but raised privacy concerns as it decided not to release details of the crash.

But speaking on Wednesday, Villanueva said the main cause of the crash was driving at a “speed dangerous for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the bend in the road”.

Tiger Woods, 15-time major winner
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However, amid persistent privacy concerns, they cannot make all information regarding the investigation public.

“A cause has been determined, the investigation is over,” Villanueva said. “However, we have contacted Tiger Woods and his staff.

“There are confidentiality issues when disclosing information about the investigation, and we will ask them if they are waiving confidentiality. Then we will be able to publish a full publication with all the information about the accident. “

The speed limit on the stretch of road where the accident occurred is 45 mph.

Villanueva added: “No citation was issued and no signs of depreciation were noted. “

Tiger Woods’ overturned SUV at the crash scene in February
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The sheriff’s department previously said drugs and alcohol were not factors in the crash.

Investigators have not obtained a search warrant for Woods’ blood samples, which could be used to determine drug or alcohol levels in the golfer’s system.

Sheriff’s Deputy John Schloegl said last month that first responders reported Woods was alert after the crash and pointed to Woods’ 2017 arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence in Florida after being Discovered unconscious and with five prescription drugs in his system, he added, “We can’t just assume someone’s story makes them guilty. “

Despite Schloegl’s statement, the sheriff’s department examined the car’s “black box” – a routine procedure that could provide data such as speed and braking activity.

“We are trying to determine if a crime has been committed,” he said. “If someone is involved in a road collision, we have to piece together the road collision, if there was any reckless driving, if someone was on their cell phone or something like that.

“We are determining if there has been a crime. If there was no crime, we close the case, and it was a regular traffic collision. “

Last week, Villanueva declined to say what data was found in the black box.

“We have all the content in the black box, we have everything,” Villanueva said. “It is finished, signed, sealed and delivered.

“However, we cannot publish it without permission from the people involved in the collision. “

Tiger Woods’ Hyundai Genesis SUV car pulled off hill after crash
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Woods’ injuries mean he will miss this week’s Masters in August, the scene of his greatest triumph, and certainly his most unlikely.

He is currently at his home in Florida to continue his recovery, after being released from hospital on March 16.

Speaking on Tuesday, Woods’ friend Rory McIlroy told media he recently visited the American at his home.

“I spent a few hours with him which was good,” said the Irishman. “It was good to see him. It was good to see him in a decent spirit.

Return to golf seems highly unlikely for Woods
Return to golf seems highly unlikely for Woods

“When you hear about these things and you look at the car and see the accident, you think he’s going to be in a hospital bed for six months. But in fact, he did better than that.

“A few of us who live in South Florida have gone to see him. I’m sure he appreciates it. Everyone would love to see him here again.

“I know he would love to be here and I’m sure he will do everything to be ready to play here next year.

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