Ringo HW Chiu / AP
Tiger Woods crashed in February as he was driving at unsafe speeds and unable to negotiate bends on the road, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said on Wednesday.
The legendary golfer healed a fracture in one leg in addition to the other injury in a Feb. 23 crash in the Los Angeles area.
“The estimated speed in the first impact area is 84 to 87 mph, and the estimated final speed when a car hits a tree is 75 mph,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters as he announced the search. Meet of the department on the cause of the collision.
The speed posted on the road is 45 mph, Capt.James Powers later said.
He suggested factors that may have contributed to the crash: “There was no evidence of braking. Throughout this crash, there was speculation and it was believed Tiger Woods accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.”
In the end, the car hit a tree, which “Makes the car rise in the air and fly sideways,” Power added.
Officials said they did not conduct tests to determine if Woods was under the influence of alcohol or drugs because they concluded there was no probable cause for doing so. Woods did not show any signs of impairment and there was no evidence that intoxication could have been, they added.
Golfers will not be cited, Villanueva said, and he stressed that Woods had cooperated with the investigation. The details of such investigations are often kept secret, he said. But Woods and his representatives allowed the information to be published.
Woods was able to return to his Florida home in mid-March, where he is recuperating. In a statement on Wednesday, he praised the sheriff’s department, firefighters and doctors who helped him at the scene.
“I will continue to focus on my recovery and my family and thank everyone for the overwhelming support and encouragement I have received during this difficult time,” he said.