[Gossip] UPDATED: More On Paul Walker's Death: Police Investigating Possible Street Race, Car May Have Malfunctioned
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.02.2013
A video of the accident has been found...
UPDATE:TMZ has obtained a video from security camera nearby the crash site where Paul Walker and Roger Rodas died. The camera was in an industrial park near the site and shows the collision, as well as a second, larger blast which sends up a fireball.
If you wish to see it, the video is at the link. The video shows that there appear to be no other cars right in front of or behind the Porsche at the time of the crash, which may counter the police's belief that a high-speed street race was being conducted.
ORIGINAL:TMZ reports that police are investigating the possibility that Paul Walker was in the middle of a street race with another car when he crashed and died this weekend. They have received tips that Walker and the man driving the Porsche, Roger ROdas, were racing before the crash, and the high speed may have resulted in their deaths.
The area where the accident happened had a history of being a popular street racing location. Police are currently looking for video or witnesses that could prove Walker was involved.
Meanwhile, TMZ also reports that whether they were racing or not, the car itself may have malfunctioned due to a steering fluid leak. Sources from Always Evolving, the car shop co-owned by Walker and Rodas, claim they saw evidence of a fluid burst and trail before the skid marks at the scene, which were absent until just before the impact.
If Rodas lost control the skid marks would show swerving, but instead they were in a straight line, which suggests that he didn't have control of the steering wheel. More evidence comes from the fact the fire spread so quickly in the front of the car. The flames would be expected in the back where the engine is, but a fire in the front supports the idea that there was a leak. The $500,000 Carrera GT was not modified and wasn't driven often. Any problems would be a factor defect.
A source said: "Roger was a world class driver."
They said while he may have been speeding, the idea that he lost control isn't likely.