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Tiger Woods crash investigation takes major turn after new finding emerges

Tiger Woods likely never have hit the brake during his devastating rollover crash last month, according to a staggering report.

Law enforcement sources have told TMZ there’s no evidence so far showing Woods slowed down as he veered off the road — and it looks as though he never even took his foot off the gas.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department has been studying Woods’ SUV, the crash site and evidence including data from the SUV’s black box. So far, they haven’t found proof that Woods tried to stop the vehicle once he lost control of it, the TMZ report claimed.

Woods, 45, was conscious and alert as he was pulled out through the front windshield of the crumbled luxury SUV following the wreck in Rancho Palos Verdes but has said he doesn’t remember the accident.

The Sheriff’s Department did not elaborate on the TMZ report.

A tow truck recovers the vehicle driven by golfer Tiger Woods. AFPSource:AFP

“We are not releasing any further information at this time,” an agency spokesman said.

The alarming development comes just days after the local sherriff’s department was accused of making several critical decisions in the investigation of Tiger Woods’ devastating crash that were favourable to the golfing legend — who was given the benefit of the doubt despite indications he was inattentive or had dozed off, according to a report.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced on February 23 — when Woods crashed a loaned Genesis GV80 — that his deputies “did not see any evidence of impairment.”

A day later, he announced that the crash was “purely an accident” and said there had been no need to bring in a drug recognition expert to evaluate the 45-year-old Woods for impairment.

But several forensic experts told USA Today Sports that the available evidence in the case indicates Woods was inattentive or asleep when the SUV went right into a median instead of staying in the lane as it curved right.

Tiger Woods and girlfriend Erica Herman in Melbourne.Source:Getty Images

Woods’ car veered across the median strip on Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes, went off the road and struck a tree — causing the car to roll over.

The new evidence is in stark contrast to the theory provided by a forensic crash site expert, who earlier this month claimed Woods’ broken leg injuries suggested the golf icon likely applied the brake late before the impact.

Woods broke several bones in his lower right leg. His representatives announced last month he had a successful second round of surgery where he had multiple follow up operations after sustaining “gruesome” leg injuries, including a shattered ankle and two leg fractures.

An exact time frame on his recovery and return to walking is still unclear.

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