Tiger Woods was driving at nearly twice the 45 mph speed limit when he crashed in California in February, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said Wednesday.
Woods’ truck was traveling at 140 kilometers per hour before hitting the road and rolling over several times during the accident at Ranchos Palos Verdes, leaving the 15-time Major League Champion with a broken right leg.
“The main causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at an unsafe speed for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the road,” said Alex Villanueva.
“The estimated speeds in the first impact area were 84 to 87 miles per hour.”
There were no “signs of impairment” or evidence of “distracted driving,” and Woods voluntarily allowed the results of the investigation to be made public, authorities said.
Woods, 45, may have inadvertently stepped on the car’s accelerator while trying to hit the brakes after losing control, Capt. James Powers said, although Woods himself has no recollection of the incident.
Investigators did not check Woods’ phone or do blood tests because “there was no evidence of spoilage or poisoning,” Powers said at a news conference.
The golfer underwent hours of surgery to repair his shattered lower right leg and ankle, which included insertion of a rod into the tibia and screws and pins to stabilize the joint.
Now he is recovering at his home in Florida.
Woods, whose 82 US PGA titles are right up there with Sam Snead for the all-time winning record, won the 2019 Masters for his first major title in 11 years to complete a jaw-dropping comeback after multiple back surgeries.