The Porsche that actor Paul Walker was riding in when died was travelling at more than 100 miles an hour before it crashed into a tree and then into a pole, according to L.A. County Department of Coroner reports released today. (See Walker's full case report on the next page).
Coroner's investigators say Walker's body was badly charred and exhibited more than a few broken bones from the Nov. 30 afternoon wreck in Santa Clarita that also took the life of friend and race car driver Roger Rodas:
It was Walker's side of the exotic, 2005 Porsche Carrera GT two-seater that saw the worse of the collision after the car spun 180 degrees on a slightly elevating, slightly curving portion of Hercules Street at Kelly Johnson Parkway, the reports stated.
The speed limit there is 45 miles per hour.
The passenger side struck a tree before the vehicle then hit a lamp post, according to the coroner's office. The car left “curved skid marks” before almost ripping in two, the reports state.
No drugs or alcohol were found in the remains of either man, investigators concluded. No foul play was suspected.
Walker was found in the passenger seat with his right hand raised “in the air,” the coroner's case reports states.
Both men were declared dead at the scene by an L.A. County Fire Department captain who responded to the wreck.
Walker, of Fast and the Furious franchise fame, was wearing a black t-shirt, black jeans and boxers, investigators said.
Rodas suffered a skull fracture, and his brain was “exposed” when rescuers found him, according to his case report. He was also missing a tooth.
The duo, longtime friends, had gone for a spin during a charity event that day when the sports car crashed about 3:25 p.m.