By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
Tiger Woods was driving about 40 miles per hour over the speed limit when he crashed a sport-utility vehicle in February, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Woods was traveling between 84 and 87 miles per hour in a 45 m.p.h. zone, Villanueva said at a news conference Wednesday. His car was traveling at an estimated 75 m.p.h. when it struck a tree.
The primary causal factor for the collision was driving at an unsafe speed for the road conditions and being unable to negotiate the curve," said Villanueva.
The 15-time major champion, 45, had to be "extricated from the wreck" of his car by firefighters and paramedics.
Woods was not cited for driving too fast and no criminal charges will be filed, Villanueva said. He added that there were no signs of impairment or intoxication, and that Woods was wearing his seatbelt.
He was released from hospital earlier this month after sustaining a number of serious injuries.
The American suffered open leg fractures as well as injuries to his foot and ankle.
Woods has no recollection of the collision, and there were no witnesses to the crash.
Woods was not cited, Villanueva said, because under California law that typically requires either an independent witness or a law enforcement officer to witness the excessive speed. He said that Woods did not receive any special treatment, and nobody would be cited for speeding in a solo vehicle collision without any witnesses.
Sheriff Villanueva said at a news conference last week that the cause of the crash had been determined, but citing California privacy laws, said it could not be released without Woods’s consent. Woods eventually waived his right to privacy and authorized the release of the report.