Golf star Tiger Woods will not face charges “for dangerous driving” after he went off the road in which he sustained serious injuries to his legs, Los Angeles County Sheriff investigating the accident said on Wednesday. .
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“A charge of dangerous driving involves many elements, it is here a simple accident,” said Sheriff Alex Villanueva during a press briefing on the internet.
Tiger Woods, 45, rolled over several times Tuesday morning after presumably losing control of his vehicle on a steep and accident-prone stretch of road near Los Angeles. No other vehicle was involved, according to the first elements of the investigation.
The investigations, which could last several weeks, will focus on determining the “cause of the accident”. At worst, it could be “inattentive driving, which is an offense, and dangerous driving is more than an offense, it is an offense defined by a large number of elements, and it is not. there is nothing like it here, ”explained Alex Villanueva.
Investigators hope they can count on data extracted from the vehicle driven by Tiger Woods, a luxury and very recent model, to clarify the causes of the accident.
Such a “black box” had not yet been extracted from the wreckage of the SUV at midday on Wednesday, but “we hope that it is equipped with a black box and that we will have information on the speed, who could have played a role in this accident ”, specified the sheriff.
The day before, he had estimated that Woods was traveling “at a relatively higher speed than normal” on a portion limited to 72 km / h (45 miles / h), specifying that no sign of braking had been noted.
Sheriff Villanueva confirmed on Wednesday that there was “no evidence” at this stage to suggest that Tiger Woods was driving under the influence of narcotics, drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.