Paul Walker: Coroner’s Investigation Could Take 2-3 More Days

Paul Walker
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The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is in the process of comparing dental records on the victims in the crash that claimed the life of “Fast and the Furious” actor Paul Walker and one other person in a solo-car incident in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Saturday afternoon.

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Dana Bee, L.A. County deputy coroner, said on Sunday that his office had made contact with family members and was awaiting dental records to be compared with posthumous X-rays. The two victims were engulfed in flames after the car hit a pole in the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop, near a business park complex in the Valencia area of the northern L.A. County city. Bee said it would probably take another 48 to 72 hours for his office to complete the investigation and make a positive identification.

The stretch of Rye Canyon Loop where the accident occurred at around 3:30 p.m. PT has since been reopened to traffic, authorities said. Authorities have only said that speed was a contributing factor in the crash of the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT.

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According to the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, the crash occurred not far from Always Evolving Performance Motors, where Walker and the other victim, identified in numerous press reports as his friend Roger Rodas, had business ties. Witnesses to the crash told the Signal that they tried in vain to extinguish the fire. A rep for Walker confirmed that the actor was not behind the wheel but could not confirm the identity of the other victim.

“We all ran around and jumped in cars and grabbed fire extinguishers and  immediately went to the vehicle. It was engulfed in flames. There was nothing.  They were trapped. Employees, friends of the shop. We tried. We tried. We went  through fire extinguishers,” Antonio Holmes, who described himself as a friend of Walker’s, told the Signal.

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Walker and the other victim were believed to have just left Always Evolving at the time of the crash after taking part in a toy drive and car meet held at the shop on Saturday.

The company’s website could not be accessed Saturday; calls to the shop went directly to voice mail Always Evolving’s Facebook page described the business as specializing in specialty, high-performance and collectible car sales. The Facebook page featured pictures of Saturday’s event followed by numerous posts paying tribute to Walker and “Roger.”

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  1. Sherry Raffurty says:

    I’m my option, I feel the movie should more forward as planned. By going a head with its realease this may give a final closure for fans as well as the family. As any death of a loved one is difficult. This just may have a way of saying goodbye to a man that was very much love and liked.

  2. KS says:

    I’m going to take a shot.at this.

    If you look at where Always Evolving is and where the crash was, it is apparent that this road was treated like a race track. It actually resembles a race track. It makes a complete circle back to Always Evolving with no stop signs or lights, Google map the location of the accident. Accident happened exiting a sweeping corner and right before a hard right.

    My guess is they lost control around that corner at a high rate of speed, spun out and hit the light pole then the tree. The next right to be made after this was posted at 15mph. It’s simply tragic.

  3. John Murphy says:

    This is a tragedy. Unlike movies and Xbox, the place for ultra high performance cars is a racetrack. Based on the proximity of the accident to the event, this was possibly (as crazy as it sounds) the result of high speed and cold tires. This car is a handful and several have had catastrophic accidents with similar circumstances (and perhaps lower speeds). I have driven a CGT on the street and track and have had the car spin with cold tires under light acceleration.

    • Doug Byrnes says:

      This tragedy has touched me and sadly reminded me of my own heart pounding experience of driving a Porsche Carrera GT …albeit on a supervised race track day…where even the highly experienced race driver who was both my passenger and teacher on that day reminded me NEVER to switch off the traction control button on this vehicle!…even the pro drivers refereed to it as the “button of death!” …sadly something that I suspect these guys may have done to gain more excitement while driving this outrageously powerful automobile? it is very sad to think they may have done this…it is so tempting and highly dangerous to attempt…especially as John points out that on cold tires and with no electronic engine aid to control driver error they would have never stood a chance of keeping this Porsche on the public road at speed…a very tragic accident….RIP Roger and Paul…my thoughts and condolences to your family and friends.

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