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'Unsafe speed', not mechanical failure, caused crash that killed actor Paul Walker

Published on Mar 26, 2014 9:44 AM
 
The fiery car accident that killed Paul Walker on Nov 30, 2013, was caused by excessive speed and not mechanical failure, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said on March 25, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The fiery car accident last year that killed Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker was caused by excessive speed and not mechanical failure, the Los Angeles County Sheriff said on Tuesday, concluding an almost four-month investigation.

The red Porsche Carrera GT sports car driven by Walker's friend Roger Rodas, 38, was travelling at speeds of 129kmh to 150kmh before Rodas lost control of the car and crashed into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita, California, north-west of Los Angeles.

"Investigators determined the cause of the fatal solo-vehicle collision was unsafe speed for the roadway conditions," Los Angeles County Sheriff Commander Mike Parker said in a statement.

Mr Parker said the 2005 model-year high-powered sports car had been modified to increase its horsepower. There were no pre-existing issues with the car that would have caused the crash, the investigation concluded.

 
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