After Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas died in a fiery car crash on Nov. 30, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office has placed the autopsy information for both men on security hold. The results are expected to be released on Dec. 4, a source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
The autopsies of Paul Walker and his friend and business partner Roger Rodas are still pending as of Dec. 3, and the case has “been placed on security hold.” The autopsies “should be done and released tomorrow [Dec. 4],” a spokesman for the LA County coroner’s office tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. Read on for more details.
Paul Walker: Security Hold On Autopsy — Info On Death Kept Secret
TMZ reported on Dec. 3 that the coroner’s office had completed Paul and Roger’s autopsies, but Lieutenant Fred Corral of the LA County Coroner’s Division tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that the autopsy won’t be done until Dec. 4.
“We got information from our Assistant Chief [Ed Winter] that the autopsy will be complete tomorrow [Dec. 4]. It should be done and
released tomorrow,” Lt. Corral says.
The case “has been placed on security hold,” Lt. Corral tells Us Weekly.
The identification of the bodies had reportedly been delayed until Dec. 3 because the coroner had been waiting to receive dental records for Paul and Roger, according to TMZ. It’s unclear why the case is on security hold at this time.
“I’m not sure if the bodies have been identified or if the examinations were complicated. We’ve been extremely busy here,” Lt. Corral says. “The only time we would put someone’s autopsy on security hold is at the request of the police department or at our own request. That simply means that the case has not been completed.”
Paul Walker’s Death: Drag Racing Ruled Out
After authorities received a tip suggesting that drag racing played a role in Paul and Roger’s deaths, L.A. County Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Cohen told CNN on Dec. 2 that there was no proof to support the claim that there was a second car involved. 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 accident, though it has not yet been determined how fast the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that Roger was driving was going at the time of the crash. 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.
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by Paul and Roger’s deaths.
— Tierney McAfee