On the eve of the Masters, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has launched the cause of the February wreck the place Tiger Woods suffered intensive harm: extreme pace of 82-87 mph in a 45-mph zone.
Early within the morning of Feb. 24, Woods was driving within the Rancho Palos Verdes space of Los Angeles, en path to a golf course the place he was filming a phase for a tv present, when his SUV left the highway and flipped earlier than coming to relaxation on its facet.
Woods hit accelerator at ‘99%’
In a information convention Wednesday, legislation enforcement stated that information recordings from the automotive present that Woods didn’t brake previous to the accident however did press on the accelerator at a “99 percent” fee. Lomita Captain James Powers stated investigators consider Woods by chance hit the accelerator as an alternative of the brake. The remaining estimated pace when Woods’ automobile struck a tree was 75 mph.
Woods was taken to a close-by hospital with extreme accidents to his proper leg; he returned house to Florida a number of weeks later. (Here’s a complete update of all that’s known about Woods’ condition since the wreck.)
Woods has little to no reminiscence of the accident, and suffered a number of blows to the pinnacle in the course of the wreck. Deputies on the scene stated there was no proof of Woods being beneath the affect of medicine or alcohol. L.A. Powers reiterated that discovering Wednesday, saying no proof of alcohol or narcotics had been discovered within the automobile.
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department didn’t search a search warrant for Woods’ blood samples or mobile phone information, saying there was no possible cause for a felony investigation. The division did receive a search warrant for the info recorder of the 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV. However, the division didn’t ahead any felony prices to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
No quotation issued
When requested why Woods has not been issued a quotation, Powers defined that in instances the place there are not any eye witnesses or commentary by police, there is no such thing as a proof to help writing a quotation.
“You can do it, but it would be kind of, I don’t want to say a waste of time, but a lot of the courts would dismiss it because it wasn’t observed by a police officer,” Power stated.
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva added, “The decision not to issue a citation would be the exact same thing for anyone in this room for anyone who went through this same situation — a solo traffic collision. There’s no witness. It’s an infraction only, and we’re not going to issue a citation on an infraction not committed in a peace officer’s presence or an independent witness, period. That would apply to everybody.”
When requested if the info recorder would offer proof to subject a quotation, Villanueva stated, “Data recorder, that tells us physically what happened but we need a human being to witness it.”
The sheriff’s division had decided the cause of the wreck final week, however held off on releasing it publicly till consulting with Woods’ staff, a transfer that drew prices of particular remedy.
Villanueva stated allegations of preferential remedy are unfounded.
“For the record, under Sec. 20012 of the California vehicle code, the details of this report would remain confidential except for the involved parties,” Villanueva stated. “This is true of the thousands of reports like this type we prepare every year throughout LA County. And No one’s asking for those reports. And so this is treated no differently.”
Woods has not been seen publicly for the reason that accident, however has been in common communication with a number of of his fellow gamers, and has tweeted out occasional updates and messages to his followers. “I’ll miss running up @DJohnsonPGA’s bill at the Champions Dinner tonight,” Woods tweeted on Tuesday. “It’s still one of my favorite nights of the year.”
The full extent of Woods’ accidents, to say nothing of his return to the golf course, stays unknown.
Jay Busbee is a author for Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter at @jaybusbee or contact him at [email protected]
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