The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is citing excessive speed as the cause of the major crash that sent golf superstar Tiger Woods to the hospital on February 23, of this year.
Captain James Powers of the Lomita Sheriff’s Station shared during a press conference that it is believed that Woods accidentally hit his gas pedal instead of his brake, which led to the crash.
“Data recordings from the car show that Woods did not brake prior to the accident but did press on the accelerator at a “99 percent” rate,” said Powers. “Evidence shows that Woods accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake.”
According to police, Woods reached speeds of 82-87 mph in a 45-mph zone.
It was originally reported that Woods’ vehicle crossed onto the wrong side of the road before veering off the road onto a hillside.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) February 23, 2021
Woods took to social media to thank the police, paramedics, firefighters and good samaritans who helped save his life.
“In the last days, I received word from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that their investigation regarding my traffic accident back on February 23rd in Los Angeles has been completed and closed. I am so grateful to both the good Samaritans who came to assist me and called 911. I am also thankful to the LASD Deputies and LA firefighter/paramedics, especially LA Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Gonzalez and LAFD Engine Co. #106 fire Paramedics Smith and Gimenez, for helping me so expertly at the scene and getting me safely to the hospital.”
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 7, 2021
The injury report revealed that Woods’ was knocked unconscious, bruised right and left rib cage, fractured right tibia fibula and received lacerations to his lower front jaw.
Woods’ says he is continuing to focus on his recovery and family and thanked his fans for their support.