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Confirmed: Excessive Speed the Cause of Paul Walker Crash

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/26/2014 Erick Ayapana

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has determined that excessive speed was the main cause of the single-car accident that claimed the life of “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker last November. After months of investigations, department collision experts have concluded the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was travelling between 80 and 93 mph when it crashed into a power pole and several trees. Walker was a passenger in the Porsche, which was driven by long-time friend Roger Rodas.

The crash occurred in Santa Clarita, Calif. in a business park where the posted speed limit was 45 mph. Investigators also ruled out the possibility of a street race or involvement of a second car. Toxicology reports show that neither Walker nor Rodas were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, while coroners have concluded that both men died of tramatic injuries, with Walker also suffering from “thermal injuries.”

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According to the department, the Carrera GT didn’t suffer from any mechanical issue that could have caused the accident. Porsche worked closely with police officials during the investigation and confirmed the department’s findings. The automaker yesterday released a statement nothing that there was “also evidence that this particular vehicle had been altered from its original design state and had not been maintained properly… we stand by our Carrera GT and by the investigation and conclusions of the responsible authorities.”

At the time of the accident Walker was working on “Fast & Furious 7,” which was the latest installment of the “Fast” franchise. A report by New York Daily News suggests that Universal Pictures will continue work on the film and will replace Walker using a combination of body doubles, CGI, and voice effects. Late last year film star Vin Diesel announced “Fast & Furious 7” would be released in April 10,2015, though at the time it was unknown how the film would incorporate Walker’s character Brian O’Conner.

Source: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Porsche, New York Daily News

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