The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office announced today that actor Paul Walker died from a combination of traumatic injuries and burns after his 2005 Porsche Carrera GT crashed and burst into flames last Saturday. The 38-year-old driver of the vehicle, Roger Rodas, died from traumatic injuries.
The duo was killed after Rodas lost control of the sports car at about 3:30 pm Nov. 30, and crashed into a pole and several trees on Hercules Street in Santa Clarita, CA.
Though witnesses confirmed that it was indeed Walker in the car, the bodies were positively identified through dental records. It is unknown whether alcohol or other substances were a factor in the crash, and toxicology results will not be available for another six to eight weeks.
LA County Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said the men died “within seconds” of the crash. And while detectives have yet to determine the cause of the accident, a preliminary investigation indicates that speed was a factor, according to Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker.
The shock of the 40-year-old actor’s death has yet to wear off for many who have worked with the star. Two of Walker’s former costars Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson even visited the site of the crash, where a makeshift memorial has been erected honoring the “Fast & Furious” actor.
Vin Diesel speaking to crowds at the crash site