Tiger Woods was driving nearly 90 miles per hour almost twice the speed limit on a downhill stretch of highway when he lost control of a sport truck outside of Los Angeles and suffered a crash that left the golfer seriously. injured, authorities said Wednesday.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva exclusively attributed the mishap, which occurred on February 23, to speeding as Woods lost control of the wheel.
"The primary factor causing this traffic collision was driving at a dangerous speed for road conditions and the inability to clear the curve of the road," the sheriff said at a news conference.
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Woods was driving 84 and 87 miles per hour (135-140 kph) in a stretch with a speed limit of 45 mph (72), Villanueva said.
That stretch of highway is known for multiple accidents and drivers overspeeding so much that there is an emergency exit for runaway vehicles near the site where Woods crashed.
Capt. James Powers, in charge of the nearest police station to the accident site, said no evidence was found that the golfer attempted to brake and that Woods is believed to have inadvertently stepped on the gas instead of the pedal brake. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of impact, and the truck's airbags worked.
Police said Woods told officers that he had not ingested drugs or consumed alcohol prior to the accident.
"Those questions were asked and answered," Powers said.
Detectives did not seek a court order to collect blood samples from Woods, which would have conclusively determined whether he had used drugs and alcohol. But investigators did get a warrant to search the data recorder, known as a "black box," on the 80 Genesis GV2021 pickup in the days after the accident.
Woods is in Florida, where he is recovering after undergoing several surgeries.
The sheriff said Woods gave authorities permission to release details of the accident.
On Twitter, Woods thanked the people who called the 911 emergency system, and the first rescuers who managed to extract him from the vehicle and take him to the hospital.
"I will remain focused on my recovery and my family, I thank everyone for the overwhelming support and encouragement that I have received during this difficult time," Woods wrote in a message.
The documents show that Woods told deputies that he did not know how the accident occurred and that he also did not remember that he was driving. At the time of the accident, Woods was recovering from a fifth back surgery, which he underwent two months earlier.