By Daniel Rapaport
FREDERIC J. BROWN
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has determined that excessive speeding was the cause of Tiger Woods’ single-car accident near Los Angeles on Feb. 23. The sheriff's office said that Woods' vehicle was travelling at "a speed unsafe for the road conditions" noting that his car was travelling 84-87 miles per hour.
Authorities were able to glean this information from the vehicle’s “black box,” a device that recorded information about Woods’ car in the moments before the crash. There has been no indication that Woods was impaired while operating the vehicle. Woods will not be charged or face any citations for the accident.
Woods, 45, was the lone occupant of a 2021 Genesis GV80 as he headed northbound on a particularly hilly portion of Hawthorne Ave in Palos Verdes at roughly 7 a.m. that Tuesday morning. He lost control of his vehicle, crossed over onto the wrong side of the road and then rolled onto a hillside before a bystander discovered him unconscious, according to an affidavit provided to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Woods was lucid and calm when authorities arrived on the scene and was immediately transferred to the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for emergency surgery on his right leg.
The 15-time major champion and 82-time PGA Tour winner suffered comminuted open fractures to both the tibia and fibula bones. He had a rod inserted into the tibia to stabilise the fractures, as well as screws and pins inserted into his foot and ankle. Additionally, trauma to the muscle and soft-tissue of the leg required a surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling.
Woods was subsequently transferred on Feb. 26 to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to undergo “follow-up” procedures, then returned to his South Florida home in mid-March to continue his rehab.
The accident occurred as Woods was rehabbing a separate injury—a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurized disc fragment from his back. He was in Los Angeles to serve as host of the Genesis Invitational and participate in a video shoot with Golf Digest and GolfTV.