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Walker died of injuries, burns 'within seconds,' coroner says

By Richard Winton

Los Angeles Times

LAST UPDATED: 02:58 p.m. HST, Dec 04, 2013

LOS ANGELES » "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker died from a combination of traumatic injuries and burns after the Porsche he was riding in crashed and erupted in flames, according to autopsy results released today by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office.

The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was driven by Roger Rodas, who was dead from "multiple traumatic injuries" before the car exploded in flames, the autopsy said.

Coroner Ed Winter said the men died "within seconds" of the crash. More details will be available when the final autopsy is released, Winter said.

The deaths have been ruled an accident, with the injuries occurring as the result of "auto versus fixed object." Although witnesses confirmed that Rodas and Walker were in the car, the men were positively identified through dental records.

They were killed about 3:30 p.m. Saturday when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT crashed into a pole and several trees on Hercules Street in Santa Clarita.

Toxicology results will not be available for six to eight weeks.

Detectives have not determined what caused the crash, but a preliminary investigation indicates speed was a factor, Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker said.

Just how fast the car was moving is to be determined. The speed limit on the street is 45 mph.

Friends have told authorities the high-performance Porsche was not street racing at the time, and L.A. County sheriff's officials say eyewitnesses did not see a second car.

Walker starred in all but one of the six "Fast & Furious" blockbuster films that glorified fast cars and dangerous driving.

Universal Pictures announced that it has shut down production for an unspecified time on "Fast & Furious 7."

The seventh installment of the street racings series started shooting in September and was on break for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The limited-production, 2005 Porsche Carrera GT has a history of being difficult to control.

The sports car is capable of reaching 100 mph in less than seven seconds. It was built without the stability management system that most Porsche models are equipped with.

Jeremy Clarkson, co-host of BBC's "Top Gear" television show, said during his review of the car: "You need to be awake to drive this fast. It really isn't an easy car to control. The clutch is brutal, the power is savage and the handling ... you really are on a knife edge. But if you put in the effort boy, oh boy do you get the rewards.

"It is a phenomena — mind-blowingly good. Make a mistake, it bites your head off."


The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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false wrote:
The articles keep saying the driver wash't street racing. OK but I'd bet the driver was sure going way beyond the speed limit. What a sad case of a stupid driver.
on December 4,2013 | 11:14AM
Morimoto wrote:
Yup, I have zero sympathy for either of those fools.
on December 4,2013 | 11:36AM
So nice to see that you never speed or have done anything wreckless in your life. So nice to live your life without sin bad judgement. The proper thing to say would simply be RIP.
on December 4,2013 | 01:39PM
Morimoto wrote:
I've never sped to the point where I lose control and crash and die if that's what you're saying. You are wrong about the RIP part. We need to think critically and realize that what these two fools did was totally inexcusable. They got what they deserved. At least there's one (or two) less drivers out there to threaten me or my loved ones.
on December 4,2013 | 01:52PM
localguy wrote:
Morimoto - Not even close. You need to watch out for the 18-25 year age group, the ones who have yet to fully mature mentally, think they will live forever. In cars and motorcycles, they are out there. From your post it is obvious you are no driving angel either. Wonder how many accidents you could have caused but were avoided due to quick reaction by the other driver? We'll never know.
on December 4,2013 | 03:55PM
stingray65 wrote:
LIKE WHAT OLD SAYING GOES, IF YOU WANNA BE THE BOSS, YOU PAY THE COST…Two lives!! But for what? No respect to the machine and forgot its limitations!! Bless their souls..
on December 4,2013 | 12:46PM
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