UPDATED 1:15 PM PT – Thursday, April 8, 2021
The investigation into a car crash involving golf legend Tiger Woods has come to a close. Authorities in California announced the primary cause of his car crash was “excessive speed.” During a briefing on Wednesday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods was traveling at over 80 mph right before the crash and struck a tree at 75 mph. He was in a 45 mph zone.
Captain James Powers said there was no evidence to indicate Woods was impaired nor were there narcotics or medications in his vehicle. Rather, Powers said it is believed Woods inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brake.
“There was no odor of alcohol,” Powers noted. “There were no open containers in the vehicle and there are no narcotics or any evidence of medication in the vehicle or on his person in this situation. The question was asked about: ‘Do we conduct field sobriety tests?’ Due to his injuries and the traumatic nature of his injuries, it would not be appropriate to do any type of field sobriety test.”
Refuting recent reports, Sheriff Alex Villanueva defended his department’s handling of the matter, including their decision not to issue Woods a citation for speeding. The sheriff said no one witnessed the crash and stressed, Woods received no special treatment.
Tiger Woods' February accident was caused by excessive speed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.
He will not face any charges and there were no signs of impairment. https://t.co/456RZpzdS0
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 7, 2021
“I know there’s a lot of experts who claim they’re drug recognition people said, ‘oh, they should have drawn blood’ or ‘done this’ or ‘done that,'” Villanueva noted. “And without the signs of impairment, we don’t get to the point where we can actually author a search warrant and develop the probable cause to get that and execute that search warrant. So that did not happen and that is not preferential treatment that would occur in any collision of this type based on these circumstances.”
Villanueva also noted, the department received permission from Woods’ family to release findings of the investigation. In a statement released shortly after the briefing, Woods said he is incredibly grateful for the good samaritans who saved his life that day.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 7, 2021
The golfer added, he will continue to focus on his recovery after undergoing emergency surgery to treat multiple open fractures.