Did the old tires cause the death of Paul Walker?
New findings of the crash investigation
A new report issued by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department has shed new light on the causes of the accident that claimed the lives of Hollywood star Paul Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas. It has been proven that Rodas drove slower than previously thought, and although the vehicle had no mechanical failure, the Porsche Carrera GT was in no impeccable technical condition.
The speed of the car had previously been estimated at 160 km/h, but according to the accident reconstruction specialists involved in the investigation the car was doing 150 km/h at most at the time of the crash. This speed, calculated based on a “yaw” mark left by one of the car’s tires, was enough to wreck the car slamming into a light pole, though. Police now believe that it was the combination of the loss of traction of the original, 9 year-old tires and the high speed that caused the 612 PS Porsche to crash when giving too much throttle in the straight making the car spin, causing the death of 40 year-old Walker and his 38 year-old veteran racer friend.
In the meantime Universal Pictures has announced that the deceased star will be brought to life by body doubles and digital technology in the missing scenes of the upcoming Fast & Furious 7.