Sheriff: speeding seen as cause in Woods SUV crash

The Los Angeles County Sheriff says excessive speed was to blame for the crash of an SUV Tiger Woods was driving last February in Southern California. Woods sustained serious injuries in the wreck. (April 7)

Video Transcript

- So upon our arrival, when Mr Woods was involved in a collision, we responded. The vehicle was off the roadway and on its side. Mr Woods was still inside the vehicle. His seat belt was still worn, and the airbags had deployed. Mr Wood appeared injured based on his appearance. And to prevent further injury, we waited for the paramedics to arrive to remove him from the vehicle and transport him to the hospital.

- The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway. Estimated speeds at the first area of impact were 84 to 87 miles per hour. In the final estimated speed, when the vehicles struck the tree, was 75 miles per hour.

- There was no evidence of any impairment. There was no odor of alcohol. There were no open containers in a vehicle. And there were no narcotics or any evidence of medication in the vehicle or on his [? person. ?] My investigators, as they interviewed him at the scene and at the hospital, the questions were asked. And there was nothing to indicate any type of intoxication. He did answer those questions. He did not-- he stated he didn't drink, there's nothing. He wasn't taking any medication. So those questions were asked and answered.

- I know there are some saying that somehow he received a special or preferential treatment of some kind. That is absolutely false. There was no signs of impairment. Our primary concern, once we-- obviously at the scene of the collision, was his safety.