Paul Walker died from impact and fire, moments after the crash that has stunned the world since Saturday. According to a coroner’s report, Walker suffered massive injuries due to both, the impact and the eruption of fire that engulfed the car. The report of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office released on Wednesday declared that Walker’s death was a combination of thermal and traumatic injuries.
The autopsy report for the driver of the car concluded that Roger Rodas’ death was due to multiple traumatic injuries, but it hasn’t been determined yet if Rodas was alive soon after the accident when the car exploded into flames.
According to CNN, the Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner, Ed Winter said that two medical examiners performed the autopsies separately and that each victim’s death was not significantly different even though there is a difference in the description of the injuries. The dental records of each victim positively identified Walker, 40, and Rodas, 38, as the two individuals who died in the car crash on Saturday afternoon from impact and fire. The injuries were the result of “auto versus fixed object,” which ruled the deaths as a vehicular accident.
The coroner confirmed that Walker was the passenger and Rodas was the driver of the Porsche in the crash. Witnesses confirmed that the Porsche sped into a pole and a tree and soon afterwards, about a minute later erupted into flames. Witnesses still find it hard to believe that Paul Walker died, much less from such terrible impact and fire.
The report said that a toxicology examination was performed, but that those results won’t be available for up to eight weeks. This report would show whether drugs and or alcohol was a factor in the accident. According to Los Angeles County Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter, Walker died within seconds of the crash.
Sheriff’s Captain, Mike Parker, said that the preliminary investigation shows that speed was a factor, although detectives have not yet determined precisely what caused the crash that killed Walker and Rodas shortly after 3:00 p.m. in Santa Clarita.
According to sources, ‘Fast and Furious 7‘ may end up canceled after all. Experts say that the production was estimated at $200 million and may altogether cease from going forward. The owners, quite stunned by the deaths of Walker and Rodas, must deliberate the best course of action to take to preserve the franchise’s integrity, said the source to FOX411. The source also said that the film was more than three quarters complete, and as of yet many scenes featuring Walker had not been shot. Universal Pictures was not available to comment on the future of its franchise or that of the film’s.
According to the LA Times, since 2008, Fast & Furious 7 had experienced an upshot since the film tax credit saw an expansion to 30 percent from the previous 15 percent. The film was one of the biggest hit movies in Georgia. The Georgia Film office said that filming had been set to resume following Thanksgiving weekend, but that production stopped upon their learning of Walker’s death. Production on the movie’s set in Atlanta won’t resume until further notice.
Fans shall forever find ironic the correlation between Fast & Furious’ car racing theme and that its star, Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas died from impact and fire in the crash inside the fast car that took their lives.
By Christina L. Ibbotson