Paul Walker's Fatal Car Crash Caused by Speed, Not Mechanical Problems: Report
Four months after Paul Walker's death, new information continues to surface about his accident. Investigators have reportedly concluded that unsafe driving, not mechanical problems, caused the crash in which Walker was killed last November at age 41.
As suspected, the Porsche carrying the Fast & Furious actor and his friend Roger Rodas was traveling at approximately 90 miles per hour when it crashed in Santa Clarita, Calif., the Associated Press reported Tuesday, March 25, citing a source who had reviewed the investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol.
According to the AP, accident reconstruction specialists calculated that Rodas was driving between 81 mph and 94 mph -- in a 45 mph zone -- when he lost control. A source quoted the report as saying that "the vehicle had no mechanical failure and the damage that occurred to the vehicle was from the collision."
The official report has not yet been released to the public, but a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department told the AP in an email that they would have something "in the very near future." The California Highway Patrol declined to comment.
The new information is in line with findings from the L.A. County Coroner's Office, which concluded in January that the car in which Walker was riding was going as fast as 100 mph when it crashed. The coroner's report, released on Jan. 3, stated that the actor was found in a "pugilistic" stance, meaning he braced for impact.
Walker was in the middle of filming Fast & Furious 7 at the time of his death. Production was shut down after his accident, but the cast and crew recently went back to work to wrap things up.
"This is the only movie I ever worked on where we are all real close even after the movie is over," friend and costar Tyrese Gibson told TooFab of the Fast & Furious group. "It wasn't just losing a costar, he was family for real. That's why it took so long to recover."