Los Angeles sheriff says Tiger Woods was driving twice the speed limit at time of crash


Tiger Woods was injured in a solo-vehicle crash in Palos Verdes on Feb. 23, 2021. (KTLA)

LOS ANGELES (AP/KLAS) — Authorities say Tiger Woods was speeding when he crashed an SUV in Southern California less than two months ago, leaving him seriously injured.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Wednesday that the golf superstar was driving 84 to 87 mph on a downhill stretch of road outside Los Angeles that had a speed limit of 45 mph.

The stretch of road is known for wrecks and drivers hitting speeds so high that there is an emergency exit for runaway vehicles just beyond where Woods crashed. Villanueva blamed the Feb. 23 crash solely on excessive speed and Woods’ loss of control behind the wheel.

Picture of collision scene. Courtesy: LA County Sheriff

Captain James Powers said there was no evidence that Woods had consumed alcohol and none was found in the vehicle.

Captain James Power, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office

“There was no evidence of impairment or intoxication,” he said.

The sheriff’s office said Woods has cooperated fully with the investigation and even gave permission for the details to be released even through the law doesn’t require it.

Woods was not issued a citation for the crash. Villanueva said it had nothing to do with special treatment.

“The decision to not issue a citation would be the same for anyone in this room who went through the same thing in a single vehicle crash.”

Police said Woods has no memory of the crash.

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