The Porsche Carrera GT that “Fast & Furious” actor Paul Walker was killed in November 30 was traveling in excess of 100 m.p.h. in a 45 m.p.h. zone.
The driver, Roger Rodas, a former amateur and professional racer, lost control while the pair was driving around a roughly circular set of streets in an industrial area in Santa Clarita, California.
According to an official accident report released this week by the Los Angeles County Coroner, the Porsche was being driven “in excess of 100 m.p.h.” when it careened out of control, and smashed into a roadside tree, reversed direction, bounced over a curb, and then hit another tree and a light post – all on the driver’s side of the car. The vehicle then whipped around and clobbered another tree on the passenger side of the car, before bursting into flames.
The report went into gruesome detail about the injuries the two men suffered; Walker’s cause of death was listed as a combination of “traumatic and thermal injuries.”
The crash was ruled “an accident,” the coroner said.
A crash into any kind of stationary object at 80 m.p.h. or greater is generally considered forceful enough to be fatal.
January 5, 2014