Speed to blame for Paul Walker crash
The Porsche Paul Walker was riding in at the time of his death was being driven about 90 mph when the joyride went horribly wrong, killing the Fast & Furious actor and his friend, the Associated Press reports.
The Carrera GT supercar, driven by Roger Rodas, smashed into a light pole with a 45 mph speed limit sign on it. The vehicle caught fire and Walker, 38, and Rodas, 40, died at the scene. An investigation by law enforcement agencies ruled out mechanical problems as a cause of the Nov. 30 crash, and investigators say Rodas was driving between 81 and 94 mph when the sports car began to drift after coming out of a curve. The finding was based on a mark the car’s tires left on the road in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles outside of Los Angeles.
“The vehicle had no mechanical failure and the damage that occurred to the vehicle was from the collision,” accident reconstruction specialists with the Highway Patrol wrote.
In December, investigators ruled out debris or roadway conditions as factors in the crash. Porsche sent engineers to check out the wreckage, and they found that there were no problems with the Carrera’s electrical systems, brakes, throttle, fuel system, steering, suspension or other systems.
Rodas and Walker were leaving a fundraiser benefiting Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide, which gives first-response aid to victims of natural disasters. The wreck happened near the event, and friends of the men rushed to the scene.