Tiger Woods was absolutely flying when he crashed his vehicle outside of Los Angeles in February, authorities said Wednesday.
Woods was driving between 84 and 87 mph in a 45 mph zone when he ran off the road, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during a news conference. He was driving 75 mph when the vehicle hit a tree. The accident was also due to Woods’ “inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.
Data recordings from the car show that Woods did not brake prior to the accident but did press on the accelerator at a “99 percent” rate.
“I know there’s some saying somehow he received special or preferential treatment of some kind, that is absolutely false. There was no signs of impairment. Our primary concern at the scene of the collision was his safety. This is where you have to switch gears and make sure the person can survive and receives medical care,” Villanueva said.
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva added, “The decision not to issue a citation would be the exact same thing for anyone in this room for anyone who went through this same situation — a solo traffic collision. There’s no witness. It’s an infraction only, and we’re not going to issue a citation on an infraction not committed in a peace officer’s presence or an independent witness, period. That would apply to everybody.”
Authorities said there was no evidence of impairment when first responders arrived.
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