The fatal car accident that killed ‘’Fast & Furious” actor Paul Walker and former race car driver Roger Rodas was caused by excessive speed and not mechanical failure, the Los Angeles County Shreiff said. Nearly after a four-month long investigation, officials have concluded that there were no pre-existing issues with the car that could have caused the crash. Also, no drugs or alcohol were found in the bodies of Walker and Rodas. The investigation also determined that both the victims were wearing seat belts, and upon impact both the driver and passenger airbags had deployed.
The Porsche Carrera GT sports car was driven by Walker’s friend and former race driver, Roger Rodas and was travelling at speeds of 129 to 150 kilometres per hour, before Rodas lost control of the car and crashed into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita, California - northwest of Los Angeles. The posted speed limit on the road where the fatal accident took place is 72 kmph.
"Investigators determined the cause of the fatal solo-vehicle collision was unsafe speed for the roadway conditions," Los Angeles County Sheriff Commander Mike Parker said in a statement. Parker said the 2005 model-year high-powered sports car had been modified to increase its horsepower. There were no eyewitnesses to the crash and investigators from the sheriff's department and California Highway Patrol used security video cameras in the area to gather evidence.
Paul Walker, 40 died from traumatic injuries and burns and Rodas, 38 died of multiple traumatic injuries in the November 30, 2013 crash. Walker was in the process of filming, ‘Fast & Furious 7’ at the time and production was halted a few days later.
The actor became a symbol of street-racing and car culture in his role as law enforcement officer Brian O'Conner in five of the six "Fast & Furious" films about illegal street racing, heists and organized crime. Universal Pictures said in December that release of the seventh instalment in the highly lucrative franchise would be pushed back by nine months to April 2015.