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Tiger Wood’s Car Crash Was due to ‘Excessive speed’

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Tiger Woods: Car Crash

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Tiger Woods’ car crash.[Credit/nbcnews.com]

Tiger Woods the professional golfer was driving at an excess speed by the time of the car crash accident, as per reports.

Tiger Woods’ hospitalization

Woods got involved in a single-car collision on February 23, 2021, and thus was hospitalized. He underwent emergency surgery to repair compound fractures sustained in each leg and a shattered ankle. He was treated at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center as well as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods. [Credit/newsweek.com]

Wood’s big talent stunned the world of sport and beyond and this resulted to support from former American Presidents; Donald Trump and Barack Obama.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recently indicated that he was travelling at a speed of more than 64 km per hour above the speed limit when he lost control causing the crash.

“Heading down a notoriously dangerous stretch of road in the Rolling Hills Estates community in Los Angeles County, Woods’ car reached speeds of 135-140 kph when he lost control along a curve that has been the site of 14 other accidents, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference. The speed limit was 72 kph.”

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Tiger Woods’ family. [Credit/pinterest.com]

The Sport Utility Vehicle he was driving was accelerating at a speed of 120 kph when it hit a tree. The sheriff further revealed that there was no evidence to cite that Woods was impaired or that had consumed drugs or alcohol.

The LASD Captain James Powers further said that the car, which is known as the “black box” indicated that Tiger engaged the accelerator and never applied the brakes during the incident.

“That could indicate that he may have mistakenly hit the wrong pedal while trying to control the car,” Powers said.

Powers further disclosed that it is believed that when someone panics or have some sort of sudden interruption while driving, the initial thought is always to hit the brake. He said that it is believed that Tiger Woods may have done that but unfortunately hit the accelerator.

However, Tiger Woods was not cited for driving at excessive speeds because there were no witnesses to the incident, which actually involved only his car according to Villanueva.

“The decision not to issue a citation will be the exact same thing for anyone in this room who went through the same situation – a solo traffic collision, there’s no witnesses, (it’s) infraction only, and we’re not going to issue a citation on an infraction not committed in a peace officer’s presence or independent witnesses,” he said.

Two days ago, on 7th April 2021, Woods made an address on his Twitter handle citing that he had been informed by the Sheriff’s department that it had closed the investigation. He expressed gratitude to all those who offered him help, including the passersby who called the 911 emergency service as well as the paramedics who rushed him to the hospital.

“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,” said Woods

Before the accident, Woods has held numerous golf records. He has been the number one player in the world for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks of any golfer in history. He has been awarded PGA Player of the Year a record 11 times.

Woods is one of the highest-paid athletes and thus ranked at the 26th on the Forbes Magazine List of the world’s 100 richest athletes.

His net worth is approximately $800 million as of 2021. According to Forbes, Woods earned a whopping $800 million in 2020.

Woods became a professional golfer at the age of 20 in the year 1996. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time and has since been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

He bagged his first PGA Tour win in five years at the 2008 Tour Championship and added a fifth green jacket at the 2019 Masters according to Forbes.

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