Paul Walker Car Crash: Speed Caused Fatal Accident, Not Mechanical Problems

Paul Walker
U.S. actor Paul Walker smiles during the premiere of the movie "Fast and Furious 4" in Taipei, April 15, 2009.

Paul Walker’s deadly car crash was first said to have been caused by mechanical problems, but on Tuesday the Associated Press reported the accident occurred because the Porsche carrying the “Fast & Furious” star was traveling around 90 mph when driver Roger Rodas lost control and killed them both.

The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT slammed into a light pole in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Nov. 30, killing Walker, 40, and his friend, 38. The speed limit in the area was only 45 mph.

An unnamed source close to the report by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol told the AP investigators ruled that unsafe driving was to blame, not mechanical problems in the car. According to the AP, the source did not want to be revealed because the information had not been officially released yet.

A spokeswoman said Tuesday the sheriff's department had nothing to say as of now but added in an email to the AP: "We will have something in the very near future.”

Investigators reportedly determined that Rodas was driving between 81 and 94 mph when the sports car went out of control and hit the pole after he was coming out of a curve. The source cited a CHP accident reconstruction specialist who reportedly said: "The vehicle had no mechanical failure and the damage that occurred to the vehicle was from the collision.”

Witnesses assumed the car was traveling at least 100 mph. The men, who both shared an ardor for fast cars, had just attended an event for the actor’s Reach Out Worldwide charity, which gives first-response aid to victims of natural disasters.

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