The mystery surrounding golf legend Tiger Woods’ car crash in February has deepened, with investigators now believing Woods never used his brakes before the near-fatal accident.
When Woods, 45, careened off a road in a residential area of Rancho Palos Verdes, California, last month, he suffered heavy leg injuries and a gash on his chin. His car rolled over several times, but he was said to be awake when first responders pulled him from the wreckage.
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The crash drew worldwide attention and prompted public statements from former President Donald Trump.
While he recovers from injuries sustained in the crash, the golfer will almost certainly be sidelined again this year from the sport he dominated for nearly two decades. When Woods crashed, he was already recovering from another back surgery.
According to a TMZ report, the crash may have been more serious than first thought.
After poring over data from Woods’ SUV, sources with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department allegedly told TMZ that there is no evidence he tried to slow down before the rollover crash. Woods, according to the outlet, “did nothing to avoid the crash once he lost control of the car.”
Woods was allegedly driving normally before inexplicably accelerating, crashing, and only coming to a halt when the vehicle had stopped rolling, according to data from the vehicle and surveillance footage from the area.
Alcohol or drugs were not a contributing factor in the incident, according to the LA County Sheriff’s Department. His blood was never drawn because those who helped him after the crash found him to be in a state of consciousness.
The outlet offered their own theory, claiming that the golfer may have passed out prior to the accident, but did not elaborate. Woods had no memory of leaving the highway, according to TMZ.
The February accident was the latest setback for a man widely regarded as the greatest golfer of all time. Woods started his professional career in 1996, when he was 20 years old.
At the age of 21, he won his first Masters Tournament, defeating his opponents by a record 12 strokes. The following year, Woods won his first PGA Championship.
He won the US Open and the British Open Championships in 2000. He will repeat both feats. Woods has won each major championship numerous times, but his game has slipped since winning the 2007 PGA Championship due to health problems and well-publicized personal issues.
The golfer stunned the world in 2019 when, at the age of 43, he returned to win another Masters title as an afterthought. Over the course of three decades, Woods has won the green jacket five times.