Excessive speed caused Woods’ near-fatal crash

According to police, Tiger Woods was travelling at close to double the speed limit when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed on February 23rd this year.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced the new findings in a press conference overnight.

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“The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway,” said Sheriff Villanueva.

“The estimated speed at the first area of impact was 84 to 87mph (135-140kph), and the final estimated speed when the vehicle struck the tree was 75mph (120kph). There were no citations issued and there were no signs of impairment.”

Information from the car’s data recorder also seemed to indicate the 45-year-old didn’t make any attempt to brake during the crash.

“There was no evidence of braking throughout this collision. It is speculated and believed that Tiger Woods inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal,” added Captain Jim Powers from the Lomita Sheriff’s Station.

“It’s believed that when you panic or you have some sort of a sudden interruption while you’re driving, your initial thought is to hit the brake. And it’s believed that he may have done that, but hit the accelerator and didn’t hit the brake. We don’t know that. He doesn’t have any recollection of the incident.”

After almost a month in hospital, Tiger Woods was allowed to return home to Florida in late-March and posted a short statement on Twitter thanking both the fans and the hospital staff for the support and encouragement following his life-threatening car accident.

“Happy to report that I am back home and continuing my recovery,” said Woods.

“I am so grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement that I have received over the past few weeks.”

Woods’ injuries means that he will miss the annual Master Champions dinner this week where Dustin Johnson played host following his five-stroke win at the COVID-delayed event in November last year.

Of course the 15-time major champion didn’t miss a chance to take a dig at Johnson.

“I’ll miss running up @DJohnsonPGA’s bill at the Champions Dinner tonight. It’s still one of my favorite nights of the year,” tweeted Woods alluding to the little-known fact that the outgoing champion has to pay the bill for the night.

Johnson responded respectfully.

“Will miss having you here. This week isn’t the same without you.”