Paul Walker Autopsy Paints Grim Picture of Actor's Final Moments CNN
A coroner's report on the death of "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker reveals that the actor may have initially survived the fiery car crash Satuday that took his life, dying moments later as a result of a combination of fire and his injuries from the impact of the crash, CNN reports.
"The one-page preliminary report released by the Los Angeles County coroner's office Wednesday listed the cause of the actor's death as the 'combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries,'" the story reports. "An autopsy concluded that Roger Rodas, who was driving the red Porsche Carerra GT, suffered 'multiple traumatic injuries,' but it was not clear in the report if he was still alive when the car burst into flames soon after the wreck."
Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told CNN that the autopsies on Walker and Rodas were conducted by two different doctors, and that differences in the descriptions of the men's injuries in the two reports do not mean that their deaths were significantly different.
"It is not known how long each man lived after the crash as the fire began, Winter said. That information may be included when full autopsy reports are released in several weeks, he said," the CNN report adds. "The coroner confirmed what many witnesses told investigators: Rodas was the driver in the crash; Walker was the passenger of the high-performance Porsche that clipped a light pole and a tree before erupting in flames on a Southern California street Saturday afternoon."
The coroner officially ruled the deaths an accident. A toxicology report is due in six to eight weeks, and could reveal whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the collision.
Production on "Fast & Furious 7," in which Walker was one of the stars, was on hiatus over the Thanksgiving weekend and had been scheduled to resume Monday. But the studio announced Wednesday that production on the movie has been suspended.
As we reported previously, producers are considering scrapping the film, which is said to be more than halfway through production, and starting over.
"Video obtained by CNN from a security camera posted on a building on the opposite side of the street from the crash suggests that the fire that engulfed the Porsche did not erupt until about a minute after the car crashed," the CNN report notes. "In the video, which does not show the car, black smoke is seen rising from the crash scene 60 seconds after the light pole and a tree fall. Smoke is faintly visible above the scene after one minute, followed by a heavy plume of black smoke after two minutes."
The description of the video is similar to a clip we posted Wednesday, which can be seen by clicking here.
The CNN report adds: "The crash happened on a wide street in a business park in Santa Clarita, California, about 30 miles north of Hollywood. Walker was attending a holiday toy donation event for his charity, Reach Out WorldWide, when he hopped into the car with Rodas for a ride, witnesses said.
"The Porsche, which was one of only a few hundred made, was on display at the event, which was held at a high-performance car shop owned by Rodas.
"Minutes after the two men drove away, people at the event heard the crash about 500 yards away, witnesses said."