Reports indicate that the golfer was at 140km / h in a stretch where the maximum allowed speed is 72km / h
Tiger Woods was driving at almost 140 km / h, almost twice the permitted speed, on a downhill stretch of road just outside The Angels when he lost control of his car and suffered the accident which left him seriously injured in late February, concluded the police investigation, released on Wednesday, 7. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the accident was caused solely by the speeding that caused the loss on-site vehicle control. The golfer was not charged with driving while intoxicated or using drugs, although he did not undergo a blood test and was not inattentive, according to the police report.
“The main factor for the accident was driving at an unsafe speed for road conditions and the inability to control the car around the corner,” said the sheriff. Woods was driving from 135 to 140 km / h in an area that had a speed limit of 72 km / h, said Villanueva. The stretch of the road is known for the danger given the high speed that drivers can reach due to the slope of the track. Captain James Powers, who oversees the sheriff’s station closest to the crash site, said there was no evidence that the athlete attempted to brake and that he inadvertently stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake. The golf star was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and the SUV’s airbags went off.
The collision with the tree occurred at 120 km / h. Woods was recovering at the time of a back surgery, the fifth of his career, to which he had undergone two months earlier. The day he crashed his car, he was going to a tournament. According to the Los Angeles police report, Tiger Woods and his representatives cooperated with the investigations, but the sportsman has no memories of the accident or even driving on February 23, the day of the collision.
Woods’ car crashed into a tree, overturned and suffered major damage. The golfer had to undergo surgery after suffering multiple fractures in the legs and bones of his foot and was admitted to the hospital until March 16. In the operation, a shaft was inserted in the tibia to stabilize fractures in the same bone and fibula. He is currently recovering at home in Florida.
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