Golf legend Tiger Woods was going 75 mph at the time of his car accident late February, investigators revealed Wednesday (April 7). Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced during a press conference that the official cause of the crash was due to speed and an inability to navigate Hawthorne Boulevard. Law enforcement officials say Woods was driving at 84 and 87 mph before the accident, which is higher than the 45 mph speed limit for the road.
According to a report by TMZ, police Captain Jim Powers also said that investigators found no evidence that Woods tried to stop before crashing, leading them to believe he actually stepped on the gas and not the brakes at the time of the accident.
“When you panic… your initial thought is to hit the brake,” Powers said, per TMZ. “It is believed he may have done that but hit the accelerator instead of the brake.”
Authorities previously reported that Woods did not show signs of impairment, corroborating Woods’ statements to investigators.
They also said that distracted driving was not a factor in the crash, as there was no evidence that Woods was texting or using his cell phone when he crashed.
The officials also said that Woods doesn’t remember the collision and that “he’s not even aware of the speed until it was presented in this case.”
Woods has been recovering at his home in South Florida from the accident after undergoing surgery.
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