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Wreck that killed Paul Walker due to ‘unsafe speed,’ not mechanical failure

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A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigation concluded that the fiery wreck that killed Fast and Furious star Paul Walker wasn’t caused by mechanical failure but rather extreme speeds, according to a report today from Reuters.

After fourth months of investigating the crash that took the 40-year-old actor’s life, and the life of Walker’s friend Roger Rodas, 38, authorities concluded that thee Porsche Carrera GT sports car carrying the two had been traveling between 80 and 93 miles per hour.

Rodas, who had been driving, lost control of the vehicle at those extreme speeds and crashed into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita, Calif., a city northwest of Los Angeles.

"Investigators determined the cause of the fatal solo-vehicle collision was unsafe speed for the roadway conditions," Los Angeles County Sheriff Commander Mike Parker said in a statement.

The investigation also determined that neither Rodas nor Walker had been under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time, both were wearing seat belts, and both the driver and passenger airbags deployed.

Walker, who was in the process of shooting the film Fast & Furious 7, died from traumatic injuries and burns caused by the crash. Rodas also died from traumatic injuries, according to the Reuters report.


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