Traffic investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are scheduled to meet in January with engineers from Porsche to analyze the data retrieval system in the Porsche driven by Always Evolving CEO Roger Rodas in the crash that killed Rodas and “Fast and the Furious” star Paul Walker.
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Walker and Rodas died in a fiery crash Nov. 30, when the two, traveling at a “very high rate of speed,” lost control of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT and crashed it into a light pole.
“No conclusions have yet been reached as to the cause of the collision,” according to a statement released Wednesday by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Information that might possibly be obtained from the computer is speed, RPM’s, throttle opening, air bag deployment, seat belt use, and other possible information.
None of these factors has yet been concluded.
“A fatal traffic collision is a tragedy that involves extensive investigation by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s traffic investigators,” the statement read. “In all fatal traffic collisions, sheriff’s patrol deputies request specialized sheriff’s traffic investigators to respond to the scene as soon as the collision occurs.”
Investigators document the scene extensively, which includes writing a traffic report, photographing the scene, determining the collision’s Area of Impact and Area of Rest, measuring skid marks and location of debris, gathering physical evidence such as debris and the on-board car computer data that might indicate the rate of speed, and examining the car itself to look for evidence such as paint transfer to help determine if it had impacted other objects or cars.
Investigators seek out eyewitnesses to what happened just prior to the collision as well as to the collision itself.
Security videos and photos from eyewitnesses as well as local businesses are sought out.
All of these factors help skilled traffic investigators to determine the cause of the collision.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station traffic investigators are continuing to document the investigation and have received eyewitness statements that the car involved was traveling alone at a high rate of speed. No eyewitness has contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to say there was a second vehicle.
The posted speed limit in the area of the collision is 45 mph.
If you have any information about the cause of the collision, please call Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station traffic investigators at 661-255-1121. Or if you wish to remain anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website, here.
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