On Wednesday, December 4, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office released the cause of death for the Fast and Furious star Paul Walker who died in a fiery car crash last Saturday. Walker was a passenger in his friend’s Porsche when it crashed and exploded into flames. Roger Rodas, the friend driving the Porsche was also killed in the accident.
According to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, Paul Walker died from the “effects of traumatic and thermal injuries.” What that means is the impact of the crash didn’t kill Walker; it was a combined cause of death of his injuries and burning in the car’s explosion.
Roger Rodas died from multiple traumatic injuries suffered upon impact. This indicates that Rodas was dead prior to the explosion.
Both Walker’s and Rodas’ deaths have been ruled as an accident. The toxicology results won’t be available for six to eight weeks.
The two friends died Saturday in Santa Clarita, Calif. Rodas lost control of the Porsche Carrera GT and collided with a tree and light pole. The car then exploded in flames and witnesses at the scene were unable to get Walker and Rodas out of the car.
Paul Walker and Rodas were attending a charity event for Walker’s charity, Reach Out Worldwide. The event was to raise money for the people affected by the typhoon in the Philippines.
The bodies of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas are now expected to be released to funeral homes.
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