Paul Walker died of “traumatic thermal injuries” according to the autopsy results that have been released for the “Fast and Furious” star who lost his life in a car crash recently. “Thermal injuries” is not a term frequently seen when a cause of death is reported, but according to USA Today on Dec. 4, thermal injuries are a combined effect of traumatic injuries.
The autopsy for Walker reports that the actor died of the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries, but in other words, the star’s death was caused by the “impact of the crash and the burning car.” Both the death of Walker and his friend Roger Rodas are ruled as “accidental” after both autopsies were completed. The toxicology report on both men are not due back for several weeks.
Walker and Rodas died in Santa Clarita, California when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were in crashed into a cement base light pole. The crash turned into an instant inferno and both men were burnt beyond recognition.
Families of both men supplied dental records to make the positive identification on the bodies. The identification was also important when determining who was driving at the car. Rodas was behind the wheel when the accident occurred, reports Walker’s publicist.
While the cause of the crash has not be determined, speed was a factor, reports the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.