Tiger Woods’ Crash: Pro Golfer Was Driving 85 MPH, Almost Double the Speed Limit

Two months ago, every news channel in the United States was running footage of the Tiger Woods crash on a windy stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the professional golfer was doing roughly 85 miles per hour (136.7 kilometers per hour) in a zone where the speed limit is just 45 mph (72.4 kph).
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L.A. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a press conference today that Woods has been very cooperative throughout the investigative process. Of course, Tiger gave permission for the findings to be made public by the police.

“The primary cause for the collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway. Estimated speed at the first area of impact was 84 to 87 miles per hour (135.1 and 140 kilometers per hour), and when the car hit the final obstacle, the speed was 75 miles per hour (120.7 kilometers per hour),” noted Villanueva.

Woods didn’t exhibit signs of impairment, but the accident left him with a fractured leg and shattered ankle. Lomita Station Captain James Powers added that Woods wasn’t tested for sobriety at the crash scene, he wasn’t distracted while driving, and that he doesn’t remember the impact.

Lucky to be alive, the 45-year-old golfer may want to thank his guardian angel, the first responders who brought him to the hospital, and the safety features of the car that he was driving. Genesis GV80 is how the mid-size sport utility vehicle is called, and the entry-level specification starts at $48,900.

Offered with a 2.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine or the optional 3.5-liter V6 with a twin-turbo setup, the GV80 is properly luxurious right off the bat. The heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and wireless phone charging are only a few of the standard features, along with a selection of safety systems that include a center-mounted airbag that mitigates interior impact.

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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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