UPDATED: Coroner Says Actor Paul Walker's Accident Caused by Speeds in Excess of 100 MPH
UPDATE (Jan. 3, 2014): The Los Angeles County Coroner has released its report as to how Paul Walker and Roger Rodas' car they were traveling in lost control. The coroner says the two were traveling in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at speeds in excess of 100 mph when they lost control and hit a tree. Friends of Rodas suggested that the accident was caused by mechanical failure, which has been found to be untrue. Rodas was a professional driver, but it appears that this one time he was showing off, and the 612-horsepower supercar got the better of he and Walker. From our staff to you, please drive responsibly. UPDATE (Dec. 2, 2013): The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is saying that speed played a role in the accident that killed actor Paul Walker, and the driver of the vehicle—who has been identified as Walker's friend and business partner—Roger Rodas. Rodas, 38, had been driving the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that had crashed into a utility pole. Rodas owned Always Evolving Performance Motors, and had bonded with Walker over their shared affinity and enthusiasm for racing and performance cars. A service was held in Santa Clarita, California, on Sunday as stunned fans gathered at the site of the crash. The investigation is ongoing. Original Post (Nov. 30, 2013): Actor Paul Walker is dead at age 40. The Fast and the Furious star was killed in a car accident in a Porsche Carrera GT in California. According to a report in Business Insider, Paul Walker "was reportedly in a Porsche with another person when the unidentified driver lost control and slammed the vehicle into a tree. The car burst into flames at the scene. Both were killed at the time." Walker had garnered recognition in 1999 for his role in Varsity Blues, and may be best known as the star of The Fast and the Furious franchise. The actor was a noted car enthusiast, and was said to have ties to Always Evolving Performance Motors. Walker's official Twitter handle confirmed the news, and a post on Walker's official Facebook page said: "It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. - #TeamPW" Walker had begun filming the seventh 'Fast and Furious' film, which was scheduled for a July 2014 release. We'll offer more details as they become available. Source: Business Insider, Paul Walker's official Twitter and Facebook, Chicago Tribune, Images: Wiki Commons, People Magazine
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