Actor Paul Walker - photo by Jason Merritt / Getty Images
Los Angeles (CNN) -- The Porsche carrying "Fast
& Furious" star Paul Walker was speeding at more than 100 miles per
hour when it crashed in November, killing the actor and a friend,
according to the final coroner's report on the deaths.
The 15-page report
released Friday by the Los Angeles County coroner's office answered
several questions that had been the subject of speculation about how
Walker and racing team partner Roger Rodas died.
The two men apparently did not live long after the high-performance 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, which was traveling at "approximately 100+ mph," slammed into a light post and tree and burst into flames, the report said.
Walker, who shot to fame
as star of the high-octane street racing franchise "Fast & Furious,"
was in the passenger seat of the car driven by Rodas.
Walker, 40, and Rodas,
38, left a charity event at a car shop co-owned by the men to take a
ride in an office park in the community of Valencia in Santa Clarita,
about 30 miles north of Hollywood. The crash happened a few hundred
yards away on a wide street.
"For unknown reasons, the
driver lost control of the vehicle, and the vehicle partially spun
around, and began to travel in a southeast direction," the coroner's
report said. "The vehicle then struck a sidewalk and the driver's side
of the vehicle struck a tree and then a light post. The force of those
collisions caused the vehicle to spin 180 degrees, and it continued to
travel in an easterly direction. The passenger side of the vehicle then
struck a tree and the vehicle burst into flames."
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.
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 autopsy revealed "scant soot" in Walker's trachea, suggesting his life ended before the smoke and fire engulfed the car.
The actor's body was
badly burned "and in a pugilistic stance. His right wrist was fractured
and his left arm was fractured," the report said. Rodas was also
described as in "a pugilistic" -- or defensive -- position.
Walker suffered fractures of his left jawbone, collarbone, pelvis, ribs and spine, the report said.
Rodas "rapidly died of severe blunt head, neck and chest trauma," the report said.
Investigators from the
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department met with engineers from Porsche
to analyze the data-retrieval system in the car's computer, the
department said last month. That system is used to shed light on the
car's speed, throttle opening, air bag deployment, seat belt use and,
possibly, other information from the time of the crash.
The coroner's report did not conclude whether the men were wearing seat belts.
Walker's death came
during a Thanksgiving break in filming of "Fast and Furious 7," forcing a
halt in the production. Universal Studios announced last month
that the movie will be completed using scenes already filmed by Walker,
but the release will be delayed from this summer until April 10, 2015.
By Alan Duke and Joe Sterling, CNN