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Tiger Woods was driving nearly twice the speed limit before crash

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Woods was driving 84 to 87 mph on a downhill stretch of road in Rancho Palos Verdes that had a speed limit of 45 mph, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Wednesday.

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PHILLIP PALMER: Speed was the main factor behind Tiger Woods' serious crash back in February. Eyewitness News reporter John Gregory is live in downtown La where sheriffs just detailed their findings, John.

JOHN GREGORY: And, Phillip, we always suspected speed would turn out to be a factor, and authorities are confirming it today and quite a high rate of speed too. The accident happened back on February 23. You may remember Tiger Woods was driving through Rancho Palos Verdes early in the morning when he lost control of a Genesis SUV.

It was a loaner vehicle from a tournament he was involved with. That vehicle careened through a median. It went through opposing lanes of traffic. It rolled several times before coming to a stop.

Tiger Woods suffered serious injuries. We are now learning in this press conference, authorities say the black box in that SUV indicates that Woods never tried to change direction as he was traveling down that road until he hit that median. He never made a course correction.

We're also learning he was traveling close to 85 miles an hour on a road with a posted speed limit is 45 miles an hour. And the most interesting aspect of that press conference, authorities say Tiger Woods never hit the brakes.

JAMES POWERS: When you panic or you have some sort of a sudden interruption while you're driving, your initial thought is to hit the brake. And it's believed that he may have done that, but hit the accelerator. There is zero braking throughout that recording of the data recorder, and it's 99% acceleration on the pedal.

JOHN GREGORY: Now Tiger Woods, of course, suffered serious injuries in that crash, multiple breaks to his leg. He injured his foot. He injured his ankle. He is currently recovering in Florida at his home.

And authorities also answered questions about whether or not he received some kind of preferential treatment during this investigation. Why he wasn't charged with reckless driving? The sheriff says there are no witnesses and that Tiger Woods doesn't remember what happened. And anyone else in a similar situation, he insists, would be treated the same way.