Unsafe speed led to car crash that killed Paul Walker in November 2013, sheriff says

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 28, 2014

Excessive speed is what led to a Nov. 30 vehicle accident that resulted to the death of Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Commander Mike Parker. The almost four-month investigation determined that Rodas’ red Porsche Carrera GT sports car was cruising at speeds of between 80 mph and 93 mph before he lost control and crashed into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita, California.

The posted speed limit on the road where the accident took place is 45 mph. Parker said in a statement that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT had been modified to increase its horsepower. The probe concluded that there were no pre-existing issues with the Porsche Carrera GT that would have caused the crash.

Investigators from the sheriff's department and California Highway Patrol used security video cameras installed in the area to gather evidence since there were no eyewitnesses to the crash. Investigators also sought help from carmaker Porsche and tire maker Michelin. Walker died from traumatic injuries and burns while Rodas died of multiple traumatic injuries, the Los Angeles County coroner's office determined in January.

No drugs or alcohol were found in the bodies of Walker and Rodas. The investigation showed that both Walker and Rodas were wearing seatbelts, and the airbags had deployed. Due to his role as law enforcement officer Brian O'Conner in five of the six Fast & Furious, Walker is seen as an icon of street racing and car culture. Despite his death, Universal Pictures will still continue the release of Fast and Furious 7, using double and CGI to complete the scenes of Walker.

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