It’s been confirmed that Paul Walker died of traumatic and thermal injuries following his Nov. 30 car crash, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner reported on Dec. 4.
As Paul Walker‘s family, friends and fans continue to mourn their loss, the autopsy results were released on Dec. 4., a day later than they were scheduled for. Read on to find out the cause of death of Paul and the driver, Roger Rodas.
Paul Walker’s Autopsy Results Revealed
The autopsy conducted by Los Angeles County Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner revealed that the driver of the car, Roger, 38, died of multiple traumatic injuries. Paul, 40, died of the “combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries,” according to the report.
“What thermal injuries basically means is that the bodies were SEVERELY burned. When we say traumatic injuries, these injuries are consistent with injuries that typically occur in traffic accidents,” Captain Kades with the LA County Coroner’s Department told HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “They were SEVERELY burned.”
The injuries occurred when the automobile hit fixed objects — the trees and the light pole. Both deaths have been ruled an accident.
Toxicology reports on both Paul and Roger will be available in six to eight weeks.
Paul & Roger’s Autopsies Were Delayed
While many media outlets reported that the autopsies were completed on Dec. 3 and placed on a security hold, that was not the case, a representative for the L.A. County Coroner’s Office told HollywoodLife.com exclusively.
In fact, the autopsies were not completed until Dec. 4.
“We’ve been extremely busy here. 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,” Lieutenant Fred Corral told HollywoodLife.com exclusively on Dec. 3. “We got information from our Assistant Chief [Ed Winter] that the autopsy will be complete Dec. 4.”
The autopsies were originally delayed because the Coroner’s office needed to wait for Paul and Roger’s dental records, since their bodies were burned beyond recognition.
— Emily Longeretta