Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has confirmed that speed was the primary cause of the crash that injured Tiger Woods in Rancho Palos Verdes. Villanueva says the vehicle Woods was driving was traveling at 84- 87 mph when it initially crashed into a median, then 75 mph when it struck a tree alongside Hawthorne Boulevard. He says no citations have been issued, and there were no signs of any impairment of Woods. According to the Los Angeles Times, that stretch of road is a 45 mph zone.
Officers at a news conference defended Villanueva’s prior assertion that no crime had been committed. They said that speeding is classified as a misdemeanor, and so consistent with the Sheriff’s assertion. They also defended the decision not to issue Woods a citation. “We’re not going to issue an infraction that was not committed in a peace officer’s presence,” said a spokesperson.
Woods’ crashed his SUV in a single-car accident on Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes. He was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance and underwent surgery on two “comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula” and a broken ankle, according to a post on Woods’ Twitter feed last night.
The SUV Woods was driving was headed northbound and downhill on Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes when crossed the median into the incoming lane. With Woods the only person in the vehicle, it then smashed through signs, sheared a tree, hit the curb, rolled and crashed off the side of the residential street just before 7:12 AM that day.
Woods was taken to the hospital with multiple compound fractures in his legs and underwent surgery for hours. He was released in mid-March, thanking fans for their support.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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