Tiger Woods' crash caused by excessive speed

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has confirmed reports suggesting Tiger Woods was driving at almost twice the speed limit when he crashed his sports utility vehicle in February.

The golf superstar three weeks in hospital after he lost control of his Hyundai sports utility vehicle and smashed into trees and overturned during an early morning drive in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

The 45-year-old had to be cut out of the car and rushed to hospital for emergency surgery, with him subsequently undergoing multiple operations on his legs and ankles.

Now, Villanueva has revealed Woods was travelling at up to 87 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone when he lost control of the vehicle, and added the "estimated speed when the vehicle struck the tree was 75mph".

He insisted no citation will be issued and said: "The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway."

Captain James Powers, from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, suggested data from the car's black box recorder showed Woods never applied the brake during the incident, indicating that he could have "mistakenly hit the wrong pedal while trying to control the car."

"It's believed that when you panic or you have some sort of sudden interruption while you're driving, your initial thought is to hit the brake and it's believed he may have done that but hit the accelerator," Powers added.