Too bad Top Gun 2 already wrapped because the LAPD has finally revealed the cause of Tiger Wood’s single vehicle, roll-over car accident but it’s too late for reshoots featuring Tiger speeding on the tarmac shaking a nine iron out the window, and yelling to Tom Cruise as he takes off into the sky “wait for me! I too, have a need for speeeeeeeeed!” According to TMZ, the black box from the 2021 Genesis GV80 Tiger was driving showed that he was driving “at speeds between 82 and 87 MPH” leading up to the crash. The speed limit on the curvy road near Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA is 45 MPH. And in addition to driving up to way over the speed limit, the black box also showed that Tiger probably hit the accelerator instead of the brakes. Still, no criminal charges will be filed and the LAPD says that they never got a warrant to check his cell phone to see if he was trying to text Tom about a cameo at the time of the accident.
According to TMZ:
Tiger Woods was doing 75 MPH when he smashed into a tree the time of his accident, according to Sheriff Alex Villanueva … who says the official cause of the crash was speed and inability to navigate the curvy road.
Villanueva says Woods had been driving at speeds between 82 and 87 MPH leading up to the crash — more than 40 MPH over the 45 MPH speed limit — clearly an unsafe speed for the curvy area where Tiger was driving on Feb. 23.
Captain Jim Powers noted there was no evidence Tiger tried to brake before the collision — but investigators now believe Tiger inadvertently stepped on the gas INSTEAD OF THE BRAKE when he realized he was losing control, based on info taken from the vehicle’s data recorder.
TMZ notes that we’re learning this information now because Tiger “waived his right of privacy and authorized the release of the accident report to the public,” perhaps in a bid to get a walk-on role in the next Fast & Furious installment. As for the legality of it all, the LAPD says they won’t charge Tiger with reckless driving because “another act — like dangerously switching lanes — needs to happen in order for reckless driving to be on the table.” Or, you know, Texting Vin Diesel at 80MPH asking “u up, fam?” But an LAPD source told TMZ that they didn’t have probable cause for obtaining his cell records.
There’s more … law enforcement sources tell us, the Sheriff’s Dept. did not get a warrant to check Tiger’s cell phone to determine if he was on a call or texting at the time of the crash. Our sources say the Dept. felt it did not have probable cause to get a warrant for cell phone records, although that is often done in accident investigations.
However, the statute for reckless driving reads, “A person who drives a vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.” You’d think Woods traveling 40 MPH over the speed limit would almost certainly constitute a disregard for safety.
As we previously reported, the Sheriff had said there was no evidence Tiger was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, although authorities never tried to get a warrant to draw blood. They say they did not have the necessary probable cause.
We’re told there will be no charges filed or citations issued against Tiger.
Looks like Tiger escaped this most recent accident essentially unscathed, criminally at least, if not physically. Hopefully, when they were fixing up his busted legs the surgeons had the wherewithal to amputate his leadfoot at no extra charge.