Excessive speed was primary cause of Tiger Woods car crash - LA County Sheriff

FILE PHOTO: A sheriff officer takes photos of the damaged car of Tiger Woods following his car crash near Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

(Reuters) - Excessive speed was the primary cause of a February car accident involving golfer Tiger Woods, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said on Wednesday.

Driving down a notoriously dangerous stretch of road in the Rolling Hills Estates community in Los Angeles County, Woods' car reached speeds of 84 to 87 miles per hour (135-140 kilometers per hour) when he lost control, LASD Capt. James Powers said at a news conference.

The vehicle was going 75 miles per hour when it hit a tree, he said.

The car's so-called "black box" data recorder showed that Woods never applied the brakes during the incident, but instead engaged the accelerator, indicating he may have hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes when trying to control the car, Powers said.

(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein and Maria Caspani; Editing by Chris Reese and Jan Harvey)

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