Investigation

Unsafe Speed, Not Mechanical Failure Caused Paul Walker Crash

Nine-year-old tires also played a part.

The Porsche Carrera GT Paul Walker and Roger Rodas were riding in was travelling at around 93 mph when it crashed and burned, killing both passengers. That’s according to an LA County Sheriff investigation that used surveillance videos and electronic data Porsche managed to retrieve from the wrecked supercar. “Investigators determined the cause of the fatal solo-vehicle collision was unsafe speed for the roadway conditions,” said Cmdr. Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

In fact, Walker’s friend Roger Rodas was travelling at over twice the 45-mph speed limit when the 2005 Carrera GT crashed on November 30. No evidence has been found of mechanical or car system failures, however investigators say a pair of 9-year-old tires contributed to the accident. Rodas was simply going into a tight curve too fast, with the ensuing crash killing him and Walker almost instantly. After months of investigation, working with both Porsche and Michelin, it was found the pair was not racing against another vehicle, while skid marks and video showed the car spun out of control, hit the sidewalk that sent it colliding into a tree and light post with massive force.

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