New Details Released in Paul Walker Autopsy Report

by 11:38 AM PST, January 03, 2014
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The Los Angeles County Coroner released its final autopsy findings Friday regarding the death of Paul Walker, concluding that the 40-year-old Fast & Furious star died of "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries" after a fiery crash on November 30.

The Coroner's report provides new details about the circumstances surrounding the crash in which Walker and his friend, 38-year-old professional race car driver Roger Rodas, were killed in the accident after they attended a charity event in an industrial area in Santa Clarita, CA.

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The report quotes a police officer who arrived on the scene as saying the pair was riding in a red Porsche Carrera GT "at an unsafe speed, approximately 100+ miles per hour." No traces of alcohol or drugs were detected in either body from toxicology tests.

Investigators concluded that for unknown reasons, the driver of the vehicle, Rodas, lost control and the car partially spun around and struck a curb, then the driver's side of the vehicle struck a tree and then a light post. "The force of those collisions caused the vehicle to spin 180 degrees and continue in an easterly direction. The passenger side of the vehicle then struck another tree and burst into flames," the report stated.

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"The decedent was charred and in a pugilistic stance" and suffered multiple body fractures. His right wrist was fractured and his left arm was fractured," it added. The cause of death for Rodas was listed as "multiple traumatic injuries."

The report also revealed that Walker's body could not be positively identified visually due to severe charring and that because of the extent of injuries, he was not a viable candidate for tissue donation.

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