It has been confirmed that speed was definitely a factor in the fatal car crash that killed Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, but what hasn’t been confirmed are the men’s bodies -- at least officially by a coroner. Pictures of the tragedy showed the vehicle was demolished, and even though Walker and Rodas were widely reported to be the people killed in the firey accident, their bodies were so badly burned that the coroner needs dental records to identity them, TMZ reported on Sunday.
A rep for the L.A. County Coroner told TMZ the autopsies have been delayed until later this week and that the coroner is waiting for both sets of dental records to arrive before proceeding.
Rodas and Walker were friends for nearly a decade, the news site wrote, and Rodas helped the 40-year-old “Fast & Furious” star start up his own race shop. The two also worked together on Walker’s charity, the Reach Out World Wide Foundation, which helps disaster relief in various countries. According to Walker’s reps, the friends were on their way home from the event when the tragic crash occurred.
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said speed was one of the reasons Rodas lost control of the car, adding:
“When they arrived, deputies found the vehicle engulfed in flames. The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded, extinguished the fire and subsequently located two victims inside the vehicle. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene… Speed was a factor in the solo vehicle collision. The car was a red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT.”
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The actor was in the middle of filming the seventh “Fast & Furious” movie, which was slated for a July 2014 release date. Walker was also gearing up to promote his new movie, “Hours,” which will be out in theaters Dec. 13.
Walker, 40, leaves behind his daughter, Meadow Rain Walker, 15.
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