The autopsy reports of actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas have been released.
The details of their injuries come just as investigators of the crash reveal the men were going well over 90 mph when the Porsche crashed.
Roger Rodas, the driver of the vehicle, died of multiple traumatic injuries.
Actor Paul Walker, the passenger, died of the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries, according to the Los Angeles county coroner’s office.
The ruling is rather disturbing because it indicates that the actor was severely injured, but still alive after the collision. He died only after the car caught fire, which came up to 60 seconds after the $500,000 Porsche Carrera GT smashed into a tree and a light post.
Walker’s friend Roger Rodas, who was driving, died on impact.
The deaths were ruled to be accidental. Toxicology results are pending, and could take several weeks.
The “Fast & Furious” star and his friend Roger Rodas were apparently going over 90 mph when the Porsche crashed.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s detective Jeff Maag revealed the car struck a light pole, two trees and a sign noting the street’s 45 mph speed limit. Maag said the driver “was doing well over 45 – [it's] fair to say at least twice that.”
Maag says it will take days or even weeks to complete the investigation to determine exactly how fast the car was going and if any mechanical problems contributed to the fatal crash.
Antonio Holmes, who knew both victims, said he was one of the first people to arrive at the crash scene. He ran over with two fire extinguishers to the accident.
Holmes said Roger was in the driver’s seat and Paul was still in the passenger seat, wearing his seat belt.
Holmes believes investigators will determine that mechanical failure was the main cause of the horrific accident.
He stated, “For that car to disintegrate the way it did, speed, of course [was a factor], but something went wrong and it put them at an angle to the curb. There’s not a shadow of a doubt in my mind, it wasn’t driver error.”
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