Paul Walker's Car Was Reportedly Going 90 MPH In A 45 MPH Zone When He Died
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.04.2013
According to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's detective...
People reports that Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas were going over 90 MPH in a 45 MPH zone when their Porshe crashed and killed them both. The car struck a light pole, two trees and a sign (which showed the speed limit). Los Angeles County Sheriff's detective Jeff Maag said the driver was "was doing well over 45 – [it's] fair to say at least twice that."
Maag said it will take days, possibly weeks, to finish the investigation and reveal just how fast the car was going and if there were any mechanical problems that caused the crash. He added the coroner's office had been waiting on dental records before it could confirm who was in the vehicle. Rodas was driving when the two went for a spin through an industrial area for a charity event.
Antonio Holmes, who knew both men, said he was one of the first there and came over with two fire extinguishers. The men never switched positions and Walker was in the passenger seat, wearing his seat belt. Holmes does body work for vehicles like the limited-edition, 610-hp Porsche Carerra GT that crashed. He said he and other car enthusiasts at the scene expect that a mechanical failure was the main reason for the accident.
Holmes added: "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."
Maag said it will be hard to prove this because "it's an exotic car, so it's not built like a normal car. And this one's been burnt and mangled." He plans on finding information through a black box.
He added: "Porsche seems to think it has one. They put them in all different locations [in the car]. We have to dig for it. We may have to send [it] to Germany to be downloaded, or perhaps we can plug it into another Porsche GT and be able to read it from that. [It] will give us the speed, whether they were wearing their seat belts, all kinds of information 25 seconds before the collision and 5 seconds after."
There were rumors that the Porsche was racing another car, but no evidence was found that this was the case. LA County Sheriff's Sgt. Richard Pena said that the "lead has been exhausted."