Tiger Woods’ car crash in Los Angeles was caused by speeding, officials revealed on Wednesday. Woods was heading to a golf course earlier this year and was driving between 82 and 87 mph on a curved, steep road in Rancho Palos Verdes that had a 45 mph speed limit, officials found. The vehicle actually sped up more as Woods lost control, according to the SUV’s black box, and investigators said on Wednesday they believe Woods accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake. Woods was doing 75 mph when he hit a tree.
He will not receive any citations or charges filed against him. “I know there are some saying somehow he received a special or preferential treatment... That is absolutely false,” L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Wednesday. Woods showed no signs of impairment, Villanueva said. Additionally, a source told TMZ that police felt there was no probable cause to get a warrant to search through his phone to determine if he was texting at the time, which is usually protocol for accidents. The golfer first told investigators that he didn’t remember the accident.
He is now out of the hospital, continuing to “focus on [his] recovery and family,” according to a statement he posted on Wednesday. Woods thanked first responders and said he’d been told the investigation was “completed and closed.”