Coroner: Car Carrying Walker, Rodas Going 100+ MPH
The Porsche in which actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas died was traveling at an “unsafe speed” at the time of at the fiery crash that killed them, but neither man had drugs or alcohol in their systems, autopsy reports released Friday state.
Walker died of the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries, the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner had reported in an initial statement released in December. Rodas died of multiple traumatic injuries.
On Friday, the department released the full autopsy reports for both victims, who died Nov. 30 in Santa Clarita when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that Rodas was driving crashed.
The car was traveling at an “unsafe speed” of “approximately 100+ mph” before the single-vehicle crash, the report states.
“For unknown reasons, the driver lost control of his vehicle,” Rodas’ autopsy report states, adding that the roadway was “dry and well lit” at the time of the collision.
The vehicle was totaled and nearly split in half, according to the report.
No drugs or alcohol were detected in either man’s system, the reports state.
The reports describe the two men’s injuries in detail, saying their remains were charred and both had elevated levels of carbon monoxide in their systems.
Both men were found “lying supine” and in a “pugilistic stance,” the reports state.
Walker’s report, signed Dec. 31, describes multiple fractures, including to his spine, ribs, pelvis, jaw and limbs.
Rodas had major head trauma, with his skull and jaw fractured and his brain exposed. He died “rapidly” of severe blunt, head, neck and chest trauma, according to his report, which was signed Dec. 23.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been continuing its investigation into the crash, and investigators previously stated that witnesses said the car was traveling fast.
The coroner had previously stated the men’s deaths were accidental.
Walker, best known for his roles in the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise, was 40. Rodas, his financial advisor and the owner of an auto racing shop, was 38.