The cause of Tiger Woods’ February car crash in California has been revealed. Authorities announced on Wednesday that excessive speed was to blame.
After conducting an investigation, authorities said Woods was driving around 84-87 mph in a downhill section of road with a posted speed limit of 45 mph. According to the Associated Press, the portion of the road where Woods crashed is known for being dangerous.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the February 23 crash was attributable only to speed and Woods losing control. Another official said its investigation yielded no determination that Woods hit the brakes during the crash. Instead, he accidentally hit the accelerator, the official said.
Another important and notable fact in this case is that police detectives did not pursue search warrants to obtain Woods’ blood samples. These samples could have been screened for drugs or alcohol. That being said, the sheriff’s officials said they had no reason to believe Woods was distracted or impaired during the crash.
“Without the signs of impairment, we don’t get to the point where we can actually author a search warrant and develop the probable cause to get that,” Villanueva said. “That is not preferential treatment. That would occur in any collision of this type.”
Woods, who signed off on the release of all of this information, was not given a traffic citation for the crash.
Woods is currently recovering at his home in Florida from surgery for shattered bones in his right leg in multiple places that required a rod to be inserted. He also sustained injuries to his foot and ankle that needed screws and pins to set.
The prestigious Masters PGA Tour event kicks off on Thursday in Augusta, Georgia. Woods had hoped to play but he will not.
Woods is now working with 2K Sports as a consultant on its PGA Tour 2K series. The franchise is facing new competition, as EA Sports just revived its PGA Tour series and has signed an exclusive deal with The Masters.