By now you all know about Paul Walker’s tragic death Saturday in Southern California, when his friend crashed the red Porsche Carrera GT that they were driving, resulting in the death of both men.
Now the details are starting to emerge. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department initially declared that the crash could have been the result of street racing. They said that they received a tip about another car that was at the scene, and had been racing the Carrera GT before it crashed into a telephone poll.
While the initial thought was that Walker and his friend were drag racing, investigators have since determined that it was a single car accident. The investigators have said that speed was a serious factor, which should come as no surprise, given the car, and given the people (Walker is a self-proclaimed speed junky and car enthusiast, and the driver, Roger Rodas, was his racing partner).
In an ironic twist, the telephone poll that the car hit had a 45 mph speed limit sign attached to it.
Walker and Rodas’s company, Always Evolving, says that they believe that the crash was the result of a vehicular malfunction, stating that the absence of swerving tire marks suggest that the car did not lose control, and that a trail of fluid shows that there may have been a steering fluid leak.
For now, that’s all the evidence. It looks like it wasn’t actually racing, but there can be no denying that Walker and Rodas were heavily speeding; meaning they died doing what they love most.
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