Paul Walker’s body was found in a pugilistic stance when the first responders got to the bodies of Walker and the driver of the car. The coroner’s report has released gruesome details about the death of Walker last month when the car he was riding in hit a light pole going over 100 mph., according to International Business Times on Jan. 4.
The car spun 180 degrees after the initial impact then rammed into a tree, which is what cut the car almost in half. The report of Walker’s body being found in a pugilistic stance suggests that he was bracing for the impact, apparently he saw it coming.
Walker’s body was reported as “laying supine in the passenger seat in the pugilistic stance.” It was as if he was bracing himself for what was about to happen. The coroner’s report also said that Walker had a fractures to his jaw, collarbone and left upper arm. He also had other fractures throughout his body from this horrific crash.
Walker’s death was from a combined thermal and traumatic injuries. The driver of the car, Roger Rodas, was a close friend and a financial advisor to Walker. He died from traumatic injuries he sustained in the crash.
The coroner reports that there was “scant soot in Walker’s trachea” which might suggest he was alive momentarily after the crash, enough to take a weak breath as the fire broke out. Another bit of information shared from the report was that some tissue from the autopsy will be kept for a while in case of law suits.
There was no alcohol or drugs in Paul Walker's system. The driver was also clear of alcohol or drugs, so substances did not play a part in this crash. It appears that it was sheer speed that killed these two men.