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Officials: Tiger Woods' February Crash Caused By Excessive Speed

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The Los Angeles County sheriff's department now says Tiger Woods' February SUV crash was caused by excessive speed; CBS2's Steve Overmyer reports.

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DICK BRENNAN: There's new information in Tiger Woods February SUV crash. The LA County Sheriff's Department now says it was caused by excessive speed.

JESSICA MOORE: CBS 2's, Steve Overmyer, joins us from the newsroom with details. Steve.

STEVE OVERMYER: Yeah, Dick and Jessica. Tiger Woods was driving nearly 90 miles an hour in a 45 mile an hour zone when he crashed his SUV on a curvy road in California. Diagnostics from the car show that he didn't hit the brakes when he hit a tree at 75 miles an hour. Law enforcement's theory is that Woods mistakenly hit the accelerator leading to the accident that forced this golfing legend to get multiple surgeries on his leg.

Woods was not cited for reckless driving because there were no witnesses. Officials say, there was no odor of alcohol, so police didn't take a blood sample. They also didn't believe he was texting and driving. The handling of the crash by the LA Sheriff's Department has drawn scrutiny for preferential treatment, but officials push back on that.

JAMES C. POWERS: We did not check his phone for texting and there was really no need for-- to do that. There's two factors, there's the speed and the failing to maintain the straight course, the curvature of the roadway. That's it. There's-- there's nothing from a cell phone to indicate any type of distracted driving.

STEVE OVERMYER: And after the press conference, Woods also released a statement of gratitude to the good Samaritans who called 9-1-1, and the firefighters and paramedics who saved his life. Dick and Jessica.

JESSICA MOORE: Steve, thank you.