Adds crash reports from Sheriff’s Department and CHP
Commander Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced the results of the investigation for the crash that claimed the lives of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas in November 2013.
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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s traffic collision experts have determined the speed of the vehicle driven by Roger Rodas, that claimed his life and the life of Paul Walker, was between 80-93 mph at the time the car impacted a power pole and several trees.
The traffic collision happened at about 3:26 p.m. Nov. 30, at Hercules Street, near Kelly Johnson Parkway, which is very near the business park at the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia, in the city of Santa Clarita, according to the Nixle release. The posted speed limit in the area of the collision is 45 mph.
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“Investigators determined the cause of the fatal solo-vehicle collision was unsafe speed for the roadway conditions,” Parker said in a Nixle report. “Toxicology tests on both men revealed that neither had used any alcohol or drugs.”
There is evidence that seatbelts were worn by both Rodas and Walker and the airbags deployed for both the driver and passenger, officials said. The mechanical examination revealed no pre-existing conditions that would have caused this collision.
Tens of thousands flooded to the scene of the crash in the weeks following the deaths.
An in-depth examination was conducted with the assistance of expert investigators from the California Highway Patrol’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team, according to the report.
MAIT investigators conducted a mechanical inspection of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT’s powertrain and exhaust, throttle and fuel system, electrical system, steering and suspension, brake system, tires and wheels and airbag control modules. The inspection also focused on the Porsche’s history, safety recalls and repair records.
“During the examination, it was determined that an aftermarket exhaust system had been installed, which would have increased the engine’s horsepower,” Parker said. The tires on the car were more than nine years old.
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No eyewitness contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to say there was a second vehicle and there is no evidence to indicate there was a second car involved in the collision.
Investigators sought out eyewitnesses to what happened just prior to the collision, as well as to the collision itself. Security videos and photos from local businesses along with other evidence helped skilled investigators to determine the cause of the collision and that no speed contest was taking place.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s traffic investigators documented the scene extensively after the collision.
This included writing a traffic report, photographing the scene, determining the collision’s area of impact and point of rest, measuring skid marks and location of debris, gathering physical evidence such as debris and the on-board car computer data, and examining the car itself to look for such evidence such as paint transfer to help determine whether or not it had impacted other objects or cars.
Sheriff’s investigators also consulted with experts from the Porsche and Michelin Corporations as part of the investigation.
The opinion of the Los Angeles County Coroner – Medical Examiner is Rodas “died of multiple traumatic injuries. The manner of death is accident.” For Walker, the cause of death is listed as “combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries. The manner of death is accident.”
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Source: Santa Clarita News