The abrupt and untimely passing of Paul Walker has had fans mourning and asking for answers. What was known is that he and a close friend, Roger Rodas, were out for a ride when the luxury car Rodas was driving crashed and burst into flames. The sudden passing of both men left many unanswered questions and some were finally answered with the release of the autopsy. TMZ reported the results in a Jan.3 report.
As can be imagined, the findings are pretty gruesome, but do help to put into perspective what did, or more like what didn’t happen during that fateful crash. Neither drugs nor alcohol were found in either Paul Walker or Roger Rodas bodies providing more proof that this wasn’t some jaunty joyride, but rather two friends trying to figure out what was wrong with the car that reportedly wasn’t working correctly.
Although no drugs were found in either Paul Walker or Roger Roda’s bodies, what were found were high amounts of carbon monoxide. Typically, the “normal level” for this substance is around 2% while Paul Walker’s level was highly elevated at 14% and Roger Roda’s 10%.
Both men were believed to have died on impact, but one finding was particularly chilling. TMZ reports that “scant soot in Walker's trachea,” was detected. What does this mean? It could suggest that, after impact, Paul Walker may have taken some breaths, suggesting that he may not have died upon impact.
So, what exactly killed Paul Walker? The autopsy report states, “combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries."
This is such a sad story, but at least some questions have been answered. Hopefully Paul Walker and Roger Rodas will be able to rest in peace.
© Corrina Jean