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Paul Walker coroner report: 15-page autopsy report on Paul Walker’s final moment

Paul Walker coroner: ‘Life ended before the smoke and fire engulfed the car’
Paul Walker coroner: ‘Life ended before the smoke and fire engulfed the car’
the Guardian

A Paul Walker coroner report released on Friday by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office is answering some of the crucial questions that Paul Walker’s fans might have had. The 15-page coroner report about Paul Walker’s and Roger Rodas’ death seems to indicate that both men died of their injuries before the Porsche burst completely into flames, reported CNN on Jan. 3, 2014.

“The autopsy revealed ‘scant soot’ in Walker's trachea, suggesting his life ended before the smoke and fire engulfed the car."

Paul Walker’s coroner’s report described the actor’s body as badly burned and in a “pugilistic stance,” meaning a defensive stance. His right wrist, his left arm, left jawbone, collarbone, pelvis, ribs, and spine were fractured. The autopsy report mentions that only fragments of the outfit that 40-year-old Paul Walker had been wearing were intact -- a black t-shirt, black jeans and grey boxer shorts.

Roger Rodas’ coroner’s report stated that 38-year-old Roger Rodas “rapidly died of severe blunt head, neck and chest trauma.” Burns on Roger Rodas' body covered 100 percent "of total body surface."

According to the 15-page report released by the coroner’s office, Paul Walker and Roger Rodas did not live long after the high-performance 2005 Porsche Carrera GT slammed into a light post and a tree before bursting into flames. The Porsche was travelling at “approximately 100+ mph," when Roger Rodas lost control of the car.

"For unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the vehicle, and the vehicle partially spun around, and began to travel in a southeast direction. The vehicle then struck a sidewalk and the driver's side of the vehicle struck a tree and then a light post. The force of those collisions caused the vehicle to spin 180 degrees, and it continued to travel in an easterly direction. The passenger side of the vehicle then struck a tree and the vehicle burst into flames."

The coroner's toxicology report showed no signs of alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, or other opiates in either one of the two men.

The question that Paul Walker’s and Roger Rodas’ coroner’s report and autopsy results did not answer is whether or not the two men were wearing seatbelts.

“Walker's death came during a Thanksgiving break in filming of ‘Fast and Furious 7,’ forcing a halt in the production. Universal Studios announced last month that the movie will be completed using scenes already filmed by Walker, but the release will be delayed from this summer until April 10, 2015.”