Remember the saying, “where there’s a will; there is a way”? Today, it perfectly describes Tiger Woods’ determination to get better.
After a deadly high-speed car accident on February 23, 2021, people lost hopes that they would see Woods recover soon. But as always, the 15-time major champion has proven everybody wrong with a picture he posted on Instagram – the first after his accident.
On April 23, 2021, Woods took to Instagram to share a photo of himself smiling beside his dog, Bugs, against the backdrop of a golf course. In the picture, he can be seen standing with the support of crutches, displaying the cast on his right leg and ankle.
The golfer complimented the post with a sweet message pointing out his in-progress recovery and his backyard practice in Florida. He even credited Bugs for being a faithful rehab partner throughout the post-accident phase.
A quick look at the accident
In February 2021, Woods met with a horrific car rollover accident near the border of Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates, approximately 30 miles south of downtown LA. He was traveling in a Genesis GV80 SUV at high speed when he failed to negotiate the curve, and his car rolled over quite a few times before coming to rest alongside the road.
The impact of the event destroyed the front portion of his SUV while the interiors remained intact. Woods was taken out of the wrecked car with the help of firefighters and paramedics before being taken to the Harbor–UCLA Medical Center, where he underwent a lengthy surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle. Later, he was sent to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for follow-up procedures.
What does the investigation reveal?
Post-accident, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, revealed that Woods was driving the vehicle double the 45mph speed limit when he crashed in February 2021. His car had left the road at around 84-87mph; it had flipped several times before hitting a tree and coming to rest 100 feet away from the accident spot.
James Powers, the LASD Captain, said that the data recorded in the luxury car’s black box showed that the golfer hadn’t pushed the brakes to stop the SUV. Powers explained that whenever there’s a panicky situation while driving, the driver’s first instinct is to hit the brake, but in Woods’ case, he said that maybe the golfer hit the accelerator in place of the brake while trying to control the SUV.
Since there were no witnesses of the accident, the LASD didn’t issue any citations. Moreover, the investigation proved that Woods wasn’t using drugs or alcohol while driving, so he wasn’t charged with DUI (driving under the influence).