Tiger Woods may have hit accelerator instead of brake in high-speed crash


Tiger Woods was touring greater than 40 miles per hour above the pace restrict when he misplaced management of his automobile, inflicting the accident that severely injured him in February, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated on Wednesday.

Heading down a notoriously harmful stretch of street in the Rolling Hills Estates neighborhood in Los Angeles County, Woods’ automobile reached speeds of 84 to 87 miles per hour (135-140 kilometers per hour) when he misplaced management alongside a curve that has been the location of 14 different accidents, Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated at a information convention. The pace restrict was 45.

The car was going 75 miles per hour when it hit a tree, Villanueva stated. There was no proof that Woods, 45, was impaired or that he had consumed medication or alcohol, he added.

The automobile’s so-called “black box” information recorder confirmed that Woods engaged the accelerator and by no means utilized the brake in the course of the incident, stated LASD Captain James Powers.

That may point out that he may have mistakenly hit the unsuitable pedal whereas making an attempt to manage the automobile, Powers stated.”It’s believed that once you panic otherwise you have some kind of sudden interruption whilst you’re driving, your preliminary thought is to hit the brake and it’s believed he may have carried out that however hit the accelerator,” Powers stated.

The one-car crash left the 82-time PGA Tour winner with a fractured proper leg and shattered ankle, and shocked the world of sport and past, with former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama amongst those that supplied help. Woods was handled at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in addition to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Woods was not cited for driving at extreme speeds as a result of there have been no witnesses to the incident, which concerned solely his automobile, Villanueva stated.

“The decision not to issue a citation will be the exact same thing for anyone in this room who went through the same situation – a solo traffic collision, there’s no witnesses (it’s) infraction only, and we’re not going to issue a citation on an infraction not committed in a peace officer’s presence or independent witnesses,” he stated.


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