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.
Roger Rodas, Walker’s friend and financial adviser, was driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at an unsafe speed, and witnesses interviewed by deputies estimated it was going 100 mph or more.
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, it said.
Investigators found no mechanical problems with the Porsche or debris or other problems on the roadway in an industrial park in Santa Clarita, northwest of downtown Los Angeles. 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.
Sheriff’s investigators are working with Porsche officials and the California Highway Patrol to determine the speed more exactly. Three data recorders survived the crash and fire and may produce information.
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 last year.
The accident occurred while Walker was on a break after shooting about half of Fast & Furious 7, whose release Universal Pictures has now delayed to April 2015. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Walker's character, Brian O'Conner, will not be killed off, instead, the plan is to “retire” the character. Walker died about halfway through the shoot so they will make use of existing footage.