Paul Walker Autopsy Reveals Cause of Death

Credit: Universal

Credit: Universal

An autopsy performed on Tuesday has revealed that Paul Walker died as a result of the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries this past Saturday, after a car crash and explosion in Valencia, California. Roger Rodas, Walker’s business partner and the driver of the Porsche Carrera GT at the time of the accident, died of multiple traumatic injuries. Toxicology results could take several weeks to process, but neither man is believed to have been intoxicated at the time of the crash.

With that said, there is still plenty of speculation over just what caused the tragic accident. Sources close to Walker and Rodas assert that a mechanical failure caused the accident, a theory which can be proven if investigators are able to recover the vehicle’s black box, assuming that this is one of the model which Porsche had fitted with one. The black box would be able to offer details on the workings of the vehicle at the time of the crash, in addition to information on the passengers, such as whether or not they were wearing seat belts, and just how fast they had been driving. Officials stated that Walker and Rodas were driving above 90 MPH at the moment their vehicle struck a light pole, two trees, and a 45 MPH speed limit sign.

There’s pretty much no way of reporting this that doesn’t draw further attention to just how unnecessary this tragedy was, and how awful it is that it happened in the first place. My condolences remain with the families and friends of Walker and Rodas, and if nothing else, hopefully people will learn about the dangers of speeding from this incident. “Thermal injuries” is not at all a pleasant way to go.

Via: Vanity Fair

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