The golf star drove at twice the speed that was allowed in the disaster area
Golfer Tiger Woods was driving at twice the speed limit allowed on the stretch of road in which he suffered an accident on February 23, Los Angeles County authorities (USA) reported on Wednesday. Woods was driving 84 to 87 miles per hour (135 to 140 kilometers per hour) on a downhill stretch of highway outside of Los Angeles, which had a speed limit of 45 miles per hour (72 kilometers per hour). “Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference in which he presented the results of the investigation into the incident.
Excessive speed and the inability to get around the bend in the road were the causes of the accident, which left Woods “seriously injured” after suffering fractures to the tibia and fibula of the right leg, as well as injuries to the bones of the foot and of the ankle, who had him hospitalized for several days at the UCLA Harbor Hospital in Los Angeles. These injuries could leave Woods out of the international professional golf circuit , experts say, although the golfer has not commented on the matter.
Investigations suggest that Woods accelerated downhill, rather than slowing down on that stretch of road, and that he crossed two lanes in the opposite direction before hitting a tree, causing his vehicle to roll several times.
The 45-year-old golfer was in the area for the annual Genesis Invitational golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, near Santa Monica, in Los Angeles.