News

Speed cause in crash that killed actor Paul Walker

Speed cause in crash that killed actor Paul Walker

FATAL CRASH: The red Porsche Carrera GT sports car driven by Walker's friend Roger Rodas, 38, was traveling at speeds of 80 to 93 miles per hour before Rodas lost control of the car and crashed into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita, California, northwest of Los Angeles. Photo: Associated Press

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

The red Porsche Carrera GT sports car driven by Walker’s friend Roger Rodas, 38, was traveling at speeds of 80 to 93 miles per hour before Rodas lost control of the car and crashed into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita, California, northwest 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.

WATCH: Paul Walker tribute

Walker, 40, died from traumatic injuries and burns while Rodas died of multiple traumatic injuries in the one-car crash on November 30, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office determined in January.

Walker was in the process of filming “Fast & Furious 7″ at the time and production was halted a few days later.

No drugs or alcohol were found in the bodies of Walker and Rodas. The investigation determined that both were wearing seatbelts, and driver and passenger airbags had deployed.

Universal Pictures said in December that the release of the seventh installment in the highly lucrative franchise would be pushed back by nine months to April 2015. Walker will appear in the film.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Mary Milliken and Richard Chang)

Latest Headlines

in Local

Officials: Maine Paper Mill Closing; 570 Jobs Lost

Newsradio WGAN

Verso officials say they're closing the company's Bucksport mill, putting more than 500 people out of work.

in Local

Maine Panel Approves 2014-15 Scallop Rules

GENERIC SCALLOP LARGE

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A key Maine advisory council is approving the rules for the state's forthcoming scallop fishing season.

in Local

Oxford Woman Gets 18 Months for Fatal Crash

GENERIC COURT LARGE

PARIS, Maine (AP) _ A Maine woman convicted of manslaughter for being behind the wheel during a crash that killed two of her passengers has been ordered to serve 18 months in prison.

in Local

Maine Clerks Prepare for Onslaught of Ballots

GENERIC VOTE

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Maine's town clerks are preparing for an onslaught of absentee ballots, and the failure of an early voting proposal in the Legislature means there's little hope for relief anytime soon.

in Local

First Maine Child Tests Positive for Enterovirus

HOSPITAL SCENE-LARGE

A Maine child has tested positive for a respiratory virus that has been affecting children across the country.