On Saturday November 30, 2013, actor Paul Walker of the street racing franchise “Fast & Furious” died in a fiery car crash in the community of Valencia in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Hollywood in Southern California. Paul Walker was in the passenger seat of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, driven by a racing team partner Roger Rodas. The car slammed into a light pole and burst into flames. Paul Walker was 40 year old.
As it always happens when a famous person dies a violent death, the internet gets quickly flooded with phony images of their death. This was also very much the case with Paul Walker. Various photos alleging to depict the corpse of the actor started to pop up all over the place, but so far, there is only one truly authentic, confirmed pic of the carnage.
The photo shows burned corpses of both Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, but since they can be hard to see in the mess of the wreck for some people, I’m also attaching a comparison image which contains outlines showing which part of the wreck is whose dead body.
The one-page preliminary report released on December 4, 2013 by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office listed the cause of Paul Walker’s death as the “combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries.” That means the actor did not die on impact. He survived the crash but his injuries were so severe, the combination of sustained trauma and the fire that broke out later on killed him. Whether he suffered for too long or not is not clear.
Roger Rodas was autopsied by a different doctor whose report concludes that the driver suffered “multiple traumatic injuries”. From his report it is also not clear whether and for how long he lived after the crash.
The high-performance Porsche, one of only a few hundred made, clipped a light pole and a tree before erupting in flames. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said speed was a factor in the crash. Whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident will become clear after a toxicology report which will be available in six to eight weeks.
Universal Pictures studio said in a statement that production of the seventh installment in the “Fast & Furious” franchise featuring Paul Walker would be shut down “for a period of time”.
This CCTV video alleges to show smoke rising from crashed Porsche in which Paul Walker and Roger Rodas fried: