Paul Walker autopsy report: Car speed was 100 mph before crash
Roger Rodas, the driver who was killed in the November car crash that claimed the life of "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker, was driving at a speed of at least 100 miles per hour, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office determined in an autopsy report released on Friday, Jan. 3.
The 40-year-old actor and Rodas, 38, died minutes after the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT carrying them crashed into two trees and a light post on a major road in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, on Nov. 30. The coroner confirmed days later in a preliminary report that Walker died from "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries," which Roger Rodas, died of "multiple traumatic injuries."
According to the most recent coroner's report, obtained by OTRC.com, at about 3:25 p.m. that day, their car was "travelling at an unsafe speed, approximately 100+ mph," on a major road in Santa Clarita, near Los Angeles.
"For unknown reasons," Rodas "lost control of the vehicle," which "partially spun around and began to travel in a southeast direction," the report said.
"The vehicle then struck a sidewalk and the driver's side of the vehicle struck a tree and then a light post. The force of those collisions caused the vehicle to spin 180 degrees and it continued to travel in an easterly direction. The passenger side of the vehicle then struck a tree and the vehicle burst into flames."
The first phone call to 911 was made at 3:31 p.m. Emergency services determined at 3:38 p.m. that both men died at the scene of the crash and there were no signs of foul play. The men's bodies were so burned that the coroner could not identify them visually.
A day before the report was released, Walker's longtime "Fast & Furious" co-star, Vin Diesel, shared a photo of the two on his Facebook page (see it below).
"There was always moments of child-like laughter... We had accomplished so much by 2013..." he wrote. "P.s. The complexities of Brotherhood, and the painful void... of it's absence."
Walker had filmed scenes for the seventh movie in the hit series, which features car racing, and will appear in it, studio Universal Pictures had confirmed to OTRC.com in December. However, the film's release date was delayed by almost nine months following the actor's death. It is set to hit theaters on April 10, 2015.