Paul Walker Crash Theories: Street Race, Fluid Leak

Auto shop sources think mechanical failure is to blame

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 2, 2013 6:03 AM CST | Updated Dec 2, 2013 10:53 AM CST

(Newser) – There's no official word yet on what caused the horrific crash that killed Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, but sources close to Rodas' auto shop tell TMZ they believe a steering fluid leak is to blame. Their evidence: There were no skid marks until right before the point of impact, and the skid marks were straight, indicating Rodas lost steering control just before the crash; and the fire spread quickly in the front of the vehicle—indicating a fluid leak, since typically the rear (where the engine is) would burn more quickly. They also say they saw evidence of a fluid trail leading up to the skid marks. TMZ also reports that the Porsche was acting up and kept stalling as one of Rodas' employees tried to get it back into the shop—and that's why Rodas ended up behind the wheel. Walker jumped in asking for a ride, because he hadn't driven in the car yet. But police are also investigating the possibility that Rodas and Walker were involved in a street race when they crashed, TMZ reports, and Radar says investigators think the car may have been traveling more than 100mph in a 45mph zone. More Walker news:

  • A Facebook message mourning Walker, supposedly written by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow, made the rounds yesterday in the wake of his death. But Meadow does not have a public social media presence, and the post was by an impostor, TMZ reports. Walker's reps got the page shut down. The real Meadow, who was reportedly nearby at the time of Walker's fatal crash, has not been seen or heard from since his death, the Daily Mail reports. But a friend who was at the scene tells E! that the teen "was in pieces."

  • Also mourning: Walker's girlfriend of seven years, Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, a 23-year-old college student. They met when she was just 16 and Walker was 33. "Paul was a really good guy and Jasmine is broken up by this," says her uncle. "They had their ups and downs but they were together and looking to spend a bright future together." Jasmine was reportedly looking to become Meadow's stepmother; Meadow just recently moved in with her father after having spent most of her childhood with her mom, a former girlfriend of Walker's. A source tells E! Meadow had "gotten closer" to her dad in recent years.

In this Feb. 14, 2006 file photo, actor Paul Walker, appears on stage during a taping for MTV's 'Total Request Live' show at the MTV Times Square Studios in New York.
In this Feb. 14, 2006 file photo, actor Paul Walker, appears on stage during a taping for MTV's 'Total Request Live' show at the MTV Times Square Studios in New York.   (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, file)
Paul Walker wears a creation from the Colcci summer collection at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, March 21, 2013.
Paul Walker wears a creation from the Colcci summer collection at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, March 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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