Los Angeles, United States:
Tiger Woods was driving at an “unsafe” pace almost double the 45 mph restrict when he crashed in California in February, Los Angeles County’s sheriff mentioned Wednesday.
Woods’s SUV was travelling at as much as 87 miles (140 kilometers) an hour earlier than it flew off the highway and flipped a number of occasions through the accident in Ranchos Palos Verdes, leaving the 15-time main champion with a shattered proper leg.
“The first causal issue for this visitors collision was driving at a pace unsafe for the highway circumstances and the lack to barter the curve of the roadway,” mentioned Alex Villanueva.
“Estimated speeds on the first space of influence had been 84 to 87 miles per hour.”
There have been “no indicators of impairment,” or proof of any “distracted driving,” and Woods voluntarily allowed the outcomes of the investigation to be made public, officers mentioned.
Woods, 45, could have inadvertently hit the fuel as a substitute of the brakes upon dropping management, Captain James Powers mentioned, though Woods himself doesn’t recall the incident.
Each officers mentioned the golfer had not been given any particular remedy, and that he was not cited for dashing as a result of there have been no witnesses or police current on the time. Woods won’t face prison prices.
The crash would have been investigated additional “if there was a big damage or fatality” and had concerned one other particular person, mentioned Powers.
Investigators didn’t examine Woods telephone or take a look at his bloodwork as a result of there was “no proof of any impairment or intoxication,” Powers informed a press convention.
The intense leg accidents sustained by Woods have raised fears for the way forward for his astonishing profession.
The star, whose 82 US PGA titles are stage with Sam Snead for the all-time win file, gained the 2019 Masters for his first main title in 11 years to finish an astonishing comeback after a number of again surgical procedures.
Following the crash on February 23, he underwent hours of surgical procedure to restore his shattered decrease proper leg and ankle, which included the insertion of a rod into his shinbone and screws and pins to stabilize the joint.
He’s recovering at his house in Florida and won’t compete on this yr’s Masters, which begins Thursday.
Woods was within the Los Angeles space for his annual Genesis Invitational golf event on the Riviera Nation Membership, and was driving a courtesy automobile on the morning of the crash.
Powers dismissed claims Woods had been noticed driving erratically earlier that morning, telling reporters that video surveillance footage confirmed the golfer travelling at regular, protected speeds in the beginning of his journey.
Sheriff Villanueva described the stretch of highway as “hazardous,” with a number of individuals approaching it with manner an excessive amount of pace for the circumstances” because of the highway’s design.
The district supervisor was planning to introduce visitors management measures to cut back speeds, he mentioned.
Woods has beforehand been concerned in notorious driving incidents.
In November 2009, he smashed his automobile right into a tree and a hearth hydrant outdoors his luxurious Florida house, sparking a collection of scandalous revelations that doomed his marriage and put his recreation in freefall.
In Might 2017, he was arrested close to his house for being asleep on the wheel of his automobile in a visitors lane. Woods mentioned he had taken pharmaceuticals and pleaded responsible to reckless driving.
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