Shortly after Tiger Woods’ single-car crash, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said that he was planning to announce the cause of the accident, but backtracked just last week explaining that details of the crash would not be released at all due to privacy rights. Woods reportedly waived those rights of privacy, however, as TMZ is reporting that excessive speed was the sole cause of the crash.
According to the report, Woods was traveling at 83 MPH in a 45 MPH zone at the time of the crash, and the SUV’s black box showed that he actually accelerated at the time of the accident. The LA County Sheriff’s Department is expected to release these findings at some point on Wednesday as well.
Law enforcement told TMZ that a warrant wasn’t acquired to check Woods’ cell phone to determine if he was calling or texting someone at the time of the crash. The Sheriff’s Department also did not seek a warrant for Tiger Woods’ blood for testing following the crash. The Sheriff’s Department is expected to release their findings at some point on Wednesday as well.
Woods shared a statement regarding the investigation into his accident on Wednesday afternoon:
Woods suffered comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia during surgery. He suffered additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of pins and screws.
On March 16, Woods announced that he had left the hospital and returned to his home in Florida to continue his recovery process. The five-time Masters champion was not in attendance at Tuesday night’s champions dinner at Augusta National.