Paul Walker’s Nov. 30 death in a fiery car crash is horrible and tragic no matter what way you look at it, but we’re so relieved to hear that investigators have ruled out drag racing due to lack of evidence of a second car.
According to investigators, there is no evidence supporting claims that drag racing was involved in Paul Walker‘s death on Nov. 30. The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department says that their focus now centers on the speed of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT being driven by Paul’s friend Roger Rodas at the time of the crash.
Paul Walker’s Death: Drag Racing Ruled Out
Thank God there was no foul play! L.A. County Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Cohen told CNN that authorities had received a tip on Dec. 1 suggesting that another car was at the scene racing the Porsche, but that tragic outcome has been ruled out. No evidence of a second car has surfaced, so the investigation is now focused on the speed of the car that slammed into a light pole and burst into flames.
The Sheriff’s Office says that speed was definitely a factor in the crash, though it has not yet been determined how fast the Porsche was going. There was a 45 MPH speed limit sign on the light pole, but eyewitnesses have reported seeing the Porsche traveling at a high speed, with some estimating that it was traveling more than 100 MPH before Roger lost control.
Paul Walker’s Death: Porsche Was Notoriously Difficult To Drive
Even though Roger was an experienced driver, the Porsche Carrera GT is a notoriously difficult car to handle. The company released a memo calling it “as close to a racecar as we will ever get,” and IndyCar driver and avid car collector Graham Rahal told AutoWeek that the car was a scary, unpredictable ride even for professional drivers.
We hope that investigators get to the bottom of this soon, but in the meantime, we’re happy to learn that Paul and Roger were not participating in illegal drag racing before they perished. What do you think, HollywoodLifers?
— HL Staff