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Tiger Woods' car crash caused by speed: LA Sheriff

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[SHERIFF ALEX VILLANUEVA] “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.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said on Wednesday that golf great Tiger Woods was traveling more than 40 miles per hour above the speed limit when he lost control of his car, causing the crash that severely injured him in February.

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Captain James Powers:

“...the event data recorder showed speeds ranged from eighty two point zero two miles per hour to eighty six point nine nine miles per hour and back down to sixty eight point three five miles per hour. A second reading of this event data recorder is the acceleration pedal percentage, which is the pressure applied to the accelerator pedal during a collision. This measurement was at ninety nine percent at the area of impact // It is speculated and believed that Tiger Woods inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal, causing that ninety nine percent rating on the accelerator.”

Sheriff Powers added that there was no evidence that Woods was impaired or that he had consumed drugs or alcohol.

The one-car crash left the 82-time PGA Tour winner with a fractured right leg and shattered ankle - stunning the sports world and beyond.

According to Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Woods was not cited for driving at excessive speeds because there were no witnesses to the incident.

Woods released a statement on Twitter Wednesday saying quote:

"I will continue to focus on my recovery and family, and thank everyone for the overwhelming support and encouragement I've received throughout this very difficult time."

Woods, who will miss this week's Masters, also expressed gratitude to those who had helped him, including a passersby who called 911, and paramedics who rushed him to the hospital.

Video Transcript

ALEX VILLANUEVA: 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.

- The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said on Wednesday that golf great Tiger Woods was traveling more than 40 miles per hour above the speed limit when he lost control of his car, causing the crash that severely injured him in February. Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Captain James Powers.

JAMES POWERS: The event data recorder showed speeds ranged from 82.02 miles per hour to 86.99 miles per hour and back down to 68.35 miles per hour. A second reading of this event data recorder is the acceleration pedal percentage, which is the pressure applied to the accelerator pedal during the collision. This measurement was at 99% at the area of impact-- at all the area of impacts of the collision. It is speculated and believed that Tiger Woods inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal, causing that 99% rating on the accelerator pedal.

- Sheriff Powers added that there was no evidence that Woods was impaired or that he had consumed drugs or alcohol. The one-car crash left the 82-time PGA TOUR winner with a fractured leg and shattered ankle, stunning the sports world and beyond. According to Sheriff Alex Villanueva, Woods was not cited for driving at excessive speeds because there was no witnesses to the accident.

Woods released a statement on Twitter Wednesday, saying, quote, "I will continue to focus on my recovery and family, and thank everyone for the overwhelming support and encouragement I've received throughout this very difficult time." Woods, who will miss this week's Masters, also expressed gratitude to those who had helped him, including a passerby who called 911 and paramedics who rushed him to the hospital.