Paul Walker Crash: 'Speed Alone' Looks to Be Factor
But other sources say the AP's report is false
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2013 10:02 AM CST
This March 21, 2013 file photo shows actor Paul Walker wearing a creation from the Colcci summer collection at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil.   (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

(Newser) – Looks like there may not be anything to blame in the crash that killed Paul Walker other than how fast he and driver Roger Rodas were going. Investigators found no evidence of mechanical problems with the Porsche, and have also ruled out debris and roadway conditions as possible factors. "We're looking at speed and speed alone," a law enforcement official tells the AP. Investigators have figured out a range of speed the car was likely traveling at the time, but they haven't released that information yet. Porsche engineers will be assisting in the investigation next month.

A curve in the road near the crash site was also not to blame, the AP's source says, as the Porsche appeared to negotiate that curve with no problems. "They were well out of the curve when they lost control," he says. But multiple law enforcement sources tell TMZ that the AP's entire report is false, and that investigators actually have not made any determinations regarding the cause of the accident yet.

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WLeoB
Dec 20, 2013 10:37 AM CST
1. Just look at the damage to the car. Maybe as slow as 80? Probably 100 mph+? Doesn't matter, anything over the posted limit on residential streets is dangerous, especially to pedestrians and oncoming traffic.However, if young and foolish and living in a fawned over vacuum, you're the only one on the planet. 2. The blessing is that they took themselves out of the gene pool and not some innocent pedestrians or other drivers. 3. Race car drivers belong on the track not on city streets. They were probably having a great time, and as young adults they were feeling immortal, until the last second or two. I like the saying: "No fear" is usually followed by "Oh Sh*t.". Peace
Gart
Dec 19, 2013 11:13 AM CST
This statement is pretty ridiculous... There is no speed that makes you crash into things. You have to lose control of the car, steer into an object or have some mechanical defect in order to crash and explode into flames. Speed alone is not ever the reason for a crash. That being said, driving at a high rate of speed makes accidents more deadly and also makes mistakes more likely, but simply speed is never the sole reason in a crash.
Tomorrows_Children
Dec 19, 2013 10:16 AM CST
Let me just say that I have seen several pictures of the wreckage of that car and in my humble opinion that there is NO WAY that much damage can be done to a vehicle that was not going fast.