Los Angeles County Police Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed that Tiger Woods’ crash was caused by speeding, driving between 84-87mph in a 45mph zone.
The 45-year-old was “extricated from the wreck” of his vehicle by firefighters and pandemics.
Woods’ car flipped several times during the accident in California where the 15-time major champion was unable to navigate the curvy road.
Investigators found no evidence to suggest that Woods was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. After sustaining numerous injuries, with open leg fractures and blows to his foot and ankle, he was taken to hospital before being released earlier this month.
Villanueva is quoted by the BBC saying, “The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway.”
Villanueva continued saying that the “estimated speed when the vehicle struck the tree was 75mph”.
LASD Captain James Powers added: “The car’s so-called ‘black box’ data recorder showed Woods engaged the accelerator and never applied the brake during the incident. That could indicate he may have mistakenly hit the wrong pedal while trying to control the car.”
Powers added: “It’s believed that when you panic or you have some sort of sudden interruption while you’re driving, your initial thought is to hit the brake and it’s believed he may have done that but hit the accelerator.”
Woods has thanked responders who treated him after his crash in February as well as the fans for their support.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 7, 2021