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Paul Walker cause of death released: 'Traumatic and thermal injuries' cited

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Paul Walker's death came as a shock to everybody this past weekend. The autopsies on Walker and the driver of the car involved, Roger Rodas, have now been completed and some information was released on Dec. 4. CNN shared the details, though there are no big surprises involved.

Roger Rodas died of multiple traumatic injuries. Paul Walker died of “the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries,” according to the Los Angeles county coroner's office. The deaths were ruled as accidental. Toxicology results are still pending, and those will likely take a few weeks.

The autopsies were completed on Tuesday, but the results were originally put under a “security hold.” There was no reason given at that time. Many questions remain regarding the accident, however. An investigator has now revealed via People that the Porsche the men were in went as fast as 90 mph prior to the crash. As the car was entering a curve with a 45 mph limit, it hit a light pole and two trees.

Though friends and colleagues immediately rushed to the scene of the crash and desperately tried to save Rodas and Walker, they were unable to get to them in time. Many are questioning possible mechanical issues with the Porsche, which is notoriously difficult to handle. At this point, the investigation into the crash continues as fans mourn the tragic deaths of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas.


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