Authorities suspect Tiger Woods was driving aggressively when he crashed his car in southern California less than two months ago, severely injuring him and jeopardizing his illustrious career.
According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Woods was traveling at speeds of 135-140 kilometres per hour on a downhill stretch of road north of Los Angeles with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour (just over 72 kilometers per hour).
The stretch of road is notorious for accidents and drivers traveling at such high speeds that an emergency exit for speeding vehicles is located just beyond where Woods crashed.
Officer Villanueva blamed the February 23 crash on Woods’ loss of control behind the wheel and excessive pace.
There was no proof that the golfer braked, according to Sheriff’s Captain James Powers, who believes Woods mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.
The athlete’s blood samples, which may have been checked for narcotics or alcohol, and his phone were not subject to search warrants.
Woods told deputies before the accident that he had not taken any drugs or drank any alcohol, according to sheriff’s officials.
Authorities claimed they didn’t have sufficient cause to obtain the warrants since there was no proof of intoxication or impaired driving. The vehicle’s black box data recorder, on the other hand, was searched by investigators.
There were no traffic tickets given. According to the Sheriff, Woods gave authorities permission to release information about the accident.
According to court documents, Woods informed deputies he had no idea how the accident happened and had no recollection of driving. Woods was recovering from his fifth back operation, which he had undergone two months before, at the time of the accident.
When the accident occurred, Woods, who is from the Los Angeles area, was returning home to host his PGA tournament, the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club.
He was driving the tournament-provided car when he collided with a raised median strip in Rolling Hills Estates, just outside of Los Angeles. The SUV swerved into two opposing lanes, uprooting a tree.
Woods is recovering in Florida after undergoing several operations, including a lengthy operation to repair multiple broken tibia and fibula bones in his lower right leg. A rod in his tibia was used to keep them in place. Additional damage to his foot and ankle necessitated the use of screws and pins.
Since his first PGA Tour event as a 16-year-old in high school, Woods, 45, has never missed an entire year of competition. He had hoped to compete in the Masters tournament this year, which starts on Thursday.
Woods in a Good Mood
Rory McIlroy, a four-time major champion who will try to win his first green jacket at the Masters this weekend, said he met Woods in late March.
“Spent a couple hours with him, which was nice. It was good to see him,” McIlroy said.
“It was good to see him in decent spirits. When you hear of these things and you look at the car and you see the crash, you think he’s going to be in a hospital bed for six months. But he was actually doing better than that.”
This is the third time that Woods has been the subject of a vehicle investigation.
The most famous incident occurred in 2009, when his SUV drove over a fire hydrant and collided with a tree early on the morning after Thanksgiving.
The crash was the cause for revelations that he had been having affairs with several women while married to his wife. Woods lost big corporate sponsorships, went to a Mississippi rehabilitation center, and did not play golf again for five months.
He was discovered asleep behind the wheel of a car parked awkwardly on the side of the road in May 2017 by Florida police.
He was detained for DUI and subsequently stated that he had an adverse reaction to back pain medication he had been prescribed. Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving and sought treatment for prescription drugs and a sleep disorder at a clinic.
Source: ABC World News