Paul Walker car speed over 100 mph prior to crash
By Andrew Dalton January 3, 2014 1:58PM
A coroner’s report issued Friday says the car carrying the late actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas was probably traveling at speeds upwards of 100 mph or more at the time of the crash that killed the two men last month. | GETTY IMAGES
Updated: February 5, 2014 6:04AM
LOS ANGELES — The Porsche carrying “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker may have been going 100 mph or more before it crashed, killing both Walker and the driver, according to a coroner’s report released Friday.
Investigators found no mechanical problems with the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT or debris or other problems on the roadway. The street forms an approximately 1-mile loop amid industrial office parks and is rimmed by hills and isolated from traffic, especially on weekends. The downed light pole the car hit had a speed limit sign of 45 mph. The area in Santa Clarita is about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Roger Rodas, Walker’s friend and financial adviser, was driving the Porsche at an unsafe speed, and witnesses interviewed by deputies estimated it was going 100 mph or more.
“For unknown reasons, the driver lost control of his vehicle,” the report says.
No alcohol or drugs were detected in the system of either man on the day of the fiery one-car crash.
The Nov. 30 deaths were ruled accidents and were due to combined traumatic and thermal injuries, the report said. It said both men were burned over 100 percent of their bodies. Rodas had fourth-degree burns on his head and neck and severe skull fractures, the report said. Walker had broken bones throughout his body including his jaw, arm, ribs and pelvis.
The car slammed into a tree and a light pole on the driver’s side then after spinning, hit a second tree on Walker’s side of the car and caught fire.
Three data recorders survived the crash and fire and may produce information to pinpoint the speed.
Rodas, 38, and Walker, 40, co-owned an auto racing team. Rodas also was a professional driver who competed in 10 Pirelli World Challenge GTS races.
The accident occurred while Walker was on a break after shooting about half of “Fast & Furious 7,” whose release Universal Pictures has now delayed for almost a year to April 2015. Walker still will appear in the film, though Universal has not said exactly how it will handle his unfinished performance.