Paul Walker's Porsche Was Going 100MPH

He and friend were braced for impact

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 3, 2014 4:34 PM CST
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(Newser) – Paul Walker and his friend had no drugs or alcohol in their systems when they were killed in a car crash in November, reports Reuters. Instead, it was the speed of their Porsche that killed them. A newly released coroner's report estimates that the Porsche Carrera GT was zooming along at more than 100mph when driver Roger Rodas lost control on a street in Santa Clarita, reports the LA Times. The car spun 180 degrees, slammed into a tree and light post, and burst into flames.

The Fast and Furious star and Rodas likely died almost instantly, though they had time to at least try to brace for impact: Both were in what the coroner calls a "pugilistic" stance. It was futile however: The force of the impact nearly split the car in two. That particular Porsche can hit 100mph in about 7 seconds, though it doesn't have the stability control of other models, notes the LAT.

Paul Walker in March 2013.
Paul Walker in March 2013.   (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
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