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Speed not drag race main factor in Walker death

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Speed is the main focus of the investigation of Paul Walker’s fatal car crash. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman on Monday, a second car has been ruled out with no evidence to support involvement with the accident.

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A tip Sunday suggested that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was racing another vehicle before slamming into a light pole. Afterwards, the car burst into flames. Investigators have found no evidence that there ever was a second car, and no evidence of drag racing. A 45 mph speed limit was attached to the light pole.

Car enthusiast Jim Thorp, who saw Walker moments before the wreck, smiling as he got into the passenger side of the Porsche, believes he heard an explosion before the wreck occurred.

“What the first explosion was,” Thorp said to CNN on Monday, “I don’t know if their tire blew up, because it sounded like a tire blew on the car.”

Skid marks from tires at the crash site seem to indicate a car was doing spins; however, they are not conclusive to having any involvement with the accident. A crackdown on the street two years ago by Sheriff Deputies was due to the notoriety for fast drivers. Thorp believes that the skid marks he saw belonged to smaller tires, smaller than those fitted to the V-10, 610-HP Porsche.

According to Walker’s publicist, Walker and Roger Rodas, driver of the Porsche, died on Hercules Street in Santa Clarita, some thirty miles north of Hollywood.



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