The November 2013 car crash that claimed the lives of actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas was caused by excessive speed. The L.A. Country Sherriff’s Department said that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was traveling between 80 and 93 mph when it lost control, hitting a power pole and trees. The speed limit on that stretch of road is 45 mph.
The Sherriff’s Department said that both Walker and Rodas were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, and that neither tested positive for alcohol or drugs. However, the report suggests that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT may not have been adequately maintained: its tires were nine years old and worn, and an aftermarket exhaust had been installed. The report also says that police don’t think any other vehicles were involved, ruling out rumors Walker and Rodas were racing someone else.
In a statement, Porsche acknowledged the findings: “It is a sad day for us whenever anyone is injured in one of our cars, and this was a particularly tragic event. At the same time, the results of the investigation show that, according to all the available evidence, this crash was caused by dangerous driving at speeds much too high for the road in question. There is also evidence that this particular vehicle had been altered from its original design state and had not been maintained properly. However, there is no evidence of any mechanical malfunction. We stand by our Carrera GT and by the investigation and conclusions of the responsible authorities.”
Paul Walker, perhaps best known for his roles in the Fast and Furious movie series, was 40 at the time of the accident.