Paul Walker’s Death Not Caused By Drag Racing

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Despite earlier reports that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT car crash that killed Paul Walker and Roger Rodas on November 30th was caused by drag racing, police have found no evidence that a second car was involved in the fatal accident.  The Los Angeles Country Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that investigators “have received eyewitness statements that the car involved was traveling alone at a high rate of speed,” on Monday, Dec. 2. “No eyewitness has contacted the [department] to say there was a second vehicle.”

According to NBC News sources, the car that “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker, 40, was riding in was traveling at approximately 40 to 45 mph when it came to a bend in the road, where the speed limit drops to 15 mph.  Randy Pobst who coaches the drivers for the Fast series explained “Paul was by far the best driver — a natural car guy,” but in this case it was the car that could have been a big factor.  According to Eddie Alterman, editor-in-chief of Car and Driver magazine, learning to drive a car like a Carrera GT can be extremely tricky. “Every car is sort of different. And this one, especially since it had such a hair-trigger throttle, because it changed directions so quickly, there is a lot to learn.  “The Carrera GT is also unusual because it has no electronic stability control. That means it’s unforgiving with mistakes,” said Alterman.  It is believed that Walker’s close friend and car enthusiast, Rodas was driving at the time. Autopsies are planned for today (Tuesday) and the coroner is hoping to make positive ID’s for both bodies.

Walker is survived by is 15-year-old daughter, Meadow; his parents, Paul Walker III and Cherly Walker; two brothers, Cody and Caleb and sister, Ashley. “Paul Walker’s family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from his many fans and friends,” said in a statement on Dec. 2. “They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul’s charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Donations can be made on their website.

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