The Masters in Augusta will be without one of golf’s biggest names as Tiger Woods continues to recover from injuries sustained following a car crash in Los Angeles.
Details of the February 23 accident have now been released by the police, with County Sheriff Alex Villanueva saying the primary cause of the accident was driving at a “speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway."
In a statement on Twitter, Woods thanked the “good samaritans” who came to his aid and law enforcement officials and paramedics at the scene.
What did police say about car crash?
Speaking on Wednesday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the primary cause of the accident 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 84-87mph and the final estimated speed when the vehicle struck the tree was 75mph.”
The speed limit on the stretch of road where the accident occurred is 45mph.
Sheriff Villanueva added: “There were were no citations issued and there were no signs of impairment.”
In May 2017, with five prescription drugs in his system, Woods was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence when he was found asleep at the wheel of his car and later pleaded guilty to reckless driving.
Officials said they do not believe Woods was using his phone at the time of the accident but that he may have inadvertently pressed the accelerator instead of the brake when he realised he was losing control.
What else is known about the crash?
On the day of the accident he was seen on CCTV heading to a scheduled photoshoot and Captain James Powers of Lomita Station stated that Woods was “driving very normal, very slow. He made complete stops at two stop signs and stopped for a traffic signal before entering the highway.”
Powers said the event data recorder from Woods’ vehicle showed that its “acceleration pedal percentage was at 99 at all the areas of impact of the collision.
“There was no evidence of braking throughout this collision; it is speculated and believed that Tiger Woods inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.
“He doesn’t have any recollection of the incident.”
How is Tiger Woods doing?
Woods is recovering at home after undergoing surgery on open fractures to his lower right leg and further injuries to his foot and ankle following the single-vehicle crash.
In a statement on his Twitter he thanked paramedics, fire fighters and police officers following the closure of the police case.
He wrote: “In the last few days I received word from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department that their investigation regarding my traffic accident back on February 23rd in Los Angeles has been completed and closed.
I am so grateful of the good samaritans who came to assist me and called 911.“
"I will continue to focus on my recovery and family, and thank everyone for the overwhelming support an encouragement i've received throughout this very difficult time. “