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

(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.

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Jan 5, 2014 2:20 PM CST
a hunnert that aint nouthin I drive my 89 dodge ram 3500 backwards a hunnert here in TEXAS if youans on the highway and you aint goanin a hunnert you goan to get run over but in calfinoria them girlie boys cant even handle a car made to go too hunnert i could drive that backwards at too hunnert cause you learns how to drive in TEXAS cause we gots a lots of people goanin a hunnert. TEXAS DRIVES A HUNNERT BACKWARDS TEXAS STRONG TEXAS PRIDE
Jan 5, 2014 10:00 AM CST
Not only did they crash into a tree and light post, they broke both as well. Consider the force of impact needed to do that. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to smash into a light post, let alone a tree. RIP to the both of them, such a horrible way to go.
Jan 4, 2014 11:07 PM CST
Speed kills. It makes no difference how skilled the driver may be or how sophisticated the car, at 100 MPH all it takes is for a simple small mechanical failure or something unexpected in the path of the vehicle. Both of those young men chose a high risk lifestyle and paid the price when the odds caught up with them.