No “preferential treatment”. Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva has given details of Tiger Woods’ serious traffic accident in late February. Despite a “dangerous speed” almost twice the limit, the golfer escaped a PV and a blood test because no witnesses witnessed the crash, and there was “no sign” that he was under the influence of alcohol or medication, authorities said. Insisting: the scenario would have been the same for an anonymous driver.
🔴Tiger Woods was going almost twice as fast as the authorized speed, 135-140 km / h in a zone at 70. Touched the central reservation of the turn, crossed two lanes against the flow, final impact with the tree at 120 km / h. Very lucky to be alive (belt + airbag) pic.twitter.com/GboAPrwgXr
– Philippe Berry (@ptiberry) April 7, 2021
According to the on-board data logger of the SUV that Hyundai had loaned him during a tournament, Tiger Woods was driving at a speed “between 135 and 140 km / h” in a zone limited to 70. The golfer has ” lost control ”in a slight downhill turn off a boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes, an upscale suburb of southern Los Angeles. His vehicle touched the central reservation, crossed two lanes in the opposite direction, struck a tree at 120 km / h then carried out a “pirouette” forwards before coming to a stop in the bushes 60 meters further on. In a panic, the golfer apparently stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal.
No witness, no report
According to Sheriff Villanueva, Tiger Woods did not have a report because in California, an offense must be observed “by an independent witness or a police officer”. If no blood test has been taken, it is because a police officer must have a “probable cause” for doing so. However, according to the first agent to arrive on site, there was “no smell of alcohol”, open bottles or boxes of drugs in the car.
Could Tiger Woods have been distracted by his smartphone? Authorities did not ask for a search warrant to check his phone. As the accident did not involve another person, it is in fact considered a simple offense and not a crime.
In the end, the golfer probably survived thanks to his seat belt and the deployment of the airbag. Successfully operated on for “multiple open fractures” in his right leg which required inserting a metal rod into the tibia and screws to consolidate the bones of the foot and ankle, he continues to recover at home. Before attempting another unlikely return.