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Police Say Tiger Woods Was Driving 40 MPH Over Speed Limit at Time of Crash

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Rachel Kim reports on new details about February crash that seriously injured Tiger Woods released by authorities (4-7-2021)

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- The investigators say that Tiger Woods was driving 40 miles over the speed limit before his severe crash in February. Reporter Rachel Kim has more on the new details released today.

RACHEL KIM: Seven weeks after the accident that left golf legend Tiger Woods seriously injured, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department released their findings about what caused it, excessive speed and the inability to negotiate the curve in the roadway.

ALEX VILLANUEVA: Estimated speeds at the first area of impact were 84 to 87 miles per hour. And the final estimate of speed when the vehicle struck the tree was 75 miles per hour.

RACHEL KIM: That's nearly twice the speed limit along the downhill stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard in Rolling Hills Estates where Woods crashed on February 23. Sheriff Alex Villanueva explained why investigators did not seek a search warrant for a blood sample, which would have screened for drugs or alcohol.

ALEX VILLANUEVA: Without the signs of impairment, we don't get to the point where we can actually author a search warrant and develop the probable cause to get that and execute that search warrant.

JAMES POWERS: There was no odor of alcohol. There were no open containers in the vehicle. And there were no narcotics or any evidence of medication in the vehicle or on his person.

RACHEL KIM: Investigators also said there was no evidence of distracted driving. Sheriff Villanueva said no traffic citations were issued and emphasized that his department did not give Woods special treatment.

ALEX VILLANUEVA: The decision not to issue a citation would be the exact same thing for anyone in this room who went through the same situation, a solo traffic collision. There's no witnesses, an infraction only. And we're not gonna issue a citation on a infraction not committed in a peace officer's presence or independent witnesses, period.

GREGORY BRENNER: Totally run-of-the-mill findings, the same findings you find in thousands and thousands of other reports that don't get, you know, publicly revealed.

RACHEL KIM: Gregory Brenner is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who says the sheriff's department's findings aren't surprising and are pretty straightforward.

GREGORY BRENNER: There's gonna always be interest when it's Tiger Woods. And also, what adds to that, he was involved in another situation involving a car. And at that time, there was questions about was he impaired. This was just somebody who was speeding who shouldn't have been speeding. It just had nothing to do with alcohol. So, you know, there's no smoke, there's no fire.

- That's Rachel Kim reporting. Now, Tiger Woods tweeting about the finding today. He thanks the good Samaritans who called 911 after the crash and all the first responders who helped him. Woods says he will now focus on his recovery and his family.