Los Angeles Police have confirmed golfing legend Tiger Woods was speeding when he crashed down an embankment in LA, leaving him seriously injured.
According to authorities, Woods was travelling nearly double the speed limit, between 135km/h and 140km/h down a notorious stretch of road when he lost control and ploughed into a tree in February.
“The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.
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No charges will be filed against the 45-year-old, with Sheriff Villanueva confirming there were no signs of intoxication, and that Woods was wearing his seatbelt.
It’s understood the US golfing star may have accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brakes before the crash.
“When you panic or you have some sort of a sudden interruption while you’re driving, your initial thought is to hit the brake,” Captain of the Lomita Sheriff’s Station James Powers, said.
“And it’s believed that he may have done that, but hit the accelerator and didn’t hit the brake.”
Woods, who suffered serious leg injuries, has no recollection of the accident.
He has since released a statement thanking first responders, hospital staff and fans for all their support.
“I will continue to focus on my recovery and family, and thank everyone for the overwhelming support and encouragement I’ve received throughout this very difficult time,” Woods said.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 7, 2021