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Tiger Woods drove nearly twice the speed limit in crash, but not impaired, L.A. officials say

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The all-time golfing great was seriously injured in a solo crash on Feb. 23 south of Los Angeles.

Posted: Apr 7, 2021 12:46 PM

NBC News - Tiger Woods was speeding, driving at least 84 mph in a 45 mph zone, when he crashed in Southern California earlier this year, authorities said Wednesday.

His car was traveling between 84 mph and 87 mph on Feb. 23 when he crashed his Genesis GV80 SUV in Rolling Hills Estates, a scenic, wealthy suburban region of southern Los Angeles County, Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters.

Woods, 45, was still going 75 mph when he hit the tree, sending his SUV into the air, Villanueva added.

Officials found no signs of impairment and no charges will be filed against the golf great.

Woods told deputies at the scene that he could not remember getting behind the wheel, records show.

The sheriff's department did not forward a case for possible prosecution to L.A. County prosecutors and Sheriff Villanueva came under some criticism for so quickly labeling the crash "purely an accident."

Investigators have also come under scrutiny for failing to get a search warrant for Woods' blood samples, which could have detected any evidence of drugs, alcohol and possible impairment.

The famed golfer checked himself into a clinic in 2017 for help in dealing with prescription medication use after he was charged with DUI in Florida.

L.A. County Sheriff's detectives did get a search warrant for the data recorder, or black box, for Woods' totaled SUV in the February accident.

February's wreck was the second most well known car accident in Woods' driving career. He famously crashed outside his Florida home on Thanksgiving night 2009, in an accident that inadvertently shed light on multiple extramarital affairs and ended his marriage to Elin Nordegren.

Woods has won 82 tournaments, tied for the most in a career with Sam Snead, in one of golf's greatest careers.

But February's crash raised more doubts about Woods' future and his chances of breaking one of golf's most hallowed records: The 18 major tournament championships won by Jack Nicklaus.

When a 32-year-old Woods captured the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, his 14th major title, Nicklaus' mark seemed to be well within reach.

But Woods has been slowed by age and injuries, leading to just one more major, his much-celebrated victory at the 2019 Masters.

The first round of the Masters, without Woods, tees off Thursday at Augusta National in Georgia.

This is a developing story, please check here for updates.

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