Going into the rough at those speeds is a hazard.
We've been keeping up to date with the developing story of Tiger Woods and the crash he had in a Genesis GV80. There's no doubt that the safety systems in the vehicle helped him to survive the ordeal, but we still want to know how the crash occurred. But last week, news arrived that Woods wasn't willing to share his side of the story nor allow investigators to release their data on what caused the crash. Keeping the crash's cause a secret raised our suspicions, but now authorities and Woods have done an about-turn, releasing the cause of the crash. Unfortunately, there are still questions that need answering after police revealed that Woods was doing almost double the speed limit.
According to Sheriff Alex Vilanueva, the cause of the crash "was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway." Woods was driving at between 84 and 87 mph on a road with a speed limit of 45 mph. The black box of the car has revealed that there was no evidence of Woods trying to brake or steer evasively but was wearing a seat belt when the airbags deployed. What's still confusing is that, given Woods' history with crashes and substances, police simply took the golfer's words as gospel without conducting any tests to determine if he was under the influence of any drugs. As a result, Sheriff Vilanueva has had to deny accusations that Woods is getting special treatment, but the evidence suggests otherwise.
It seems that the golfer was completely unaware of the situation he was in when the crash occurred, as evidenced by the lack of driver inputs that could have at least lessened the severity of his crash. Another factor to consider is that the police have refused to release footage from first responding deputies' body cameras, despite saying that Woods was found with no alcohol odor on his breath and no open containers in the vehicle. Woods' cellphone was also not seized, so we don't know if he was using it at the time of the crash, but either way, Woods is not facing any citations. Unfortunately, unless a formal inquiry is opened, it's unlikely that we'll learn much more about the circumstances surrounding this crash.