Law enforcement investigation reveals cause of crash that led to Paul Walker's death

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Law enforcement investigation reveals cause of crash that led to Paul Walker's death
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Sept. 17, 2010 - Memphis, TN, U.S. - September 10, 2010 - Marianne Walker is in Memphis to discuss the dangers of drunk driving. She discusses her son's death with a reporter. Texas natives Paul and Marianne Walker are among those in favor of tightening DUI laws. Their son, Jeff Walker, 25, was on
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Paul Walker stars in 2006's "Eight Below."
FILE - In this April 29, 2011 file photo, actor Paul Walker poses during the photo call of the movie "Fast and Furious 5," in Rome. Walker's daughter Meadow Rain Walker will live with her mother and a nanny, a court appointed attorney told a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner during a hearing on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Commissioner David Cowan dismissed a guardianship proceeding over the 15-year-old after hearing details about who will care for her. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
Fans crowd the scene of a memorial rally and car cruise in Valencia, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 to remember actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, who died in a fiery car crash last Saturday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A fan writes messages on a giant poster during a memorial rally and car cruise in Valencia, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 to remember actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, who died in a fiery car crash last Saturday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Flowers and messages are left at a memorial rally and car cruise in Valencia, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 to remember actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, who died in a fiery car crash last Saturday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A fan places a poster during a memorial rally and car cruise in Valencia, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 to remember actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, who died in a fiery car crash last Saturday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Fans crowd the scene of a memorial rally and car cruise in Valencia, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 to remember actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, who died in a fiery car crash last Saturday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Fans crowd the scene of a memorial rally and car cruise in Valencia, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 to remember actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, who died in a fiery car crash last Saturday. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Actor Paul Walker arrives for the World Premiere of Fast & Furious 6, at a central London cinema in Leicester Square, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
FILE - This March 21, 2013 file photo shows U.S. actor Paul Walker wearing a creation from the Colcci summer collection at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Walker's mother, Cheryl Ann Walker, petitioned to become her granddaughter's legal guardian in a Los Angeles court on Tuesday March 20, 2014. The 40-year-old actor died Nov. 30 in a fiery crash after a specialty Porsche driven by his friend and financial adviser struck a light pole and a tree in northern Los Angeles County. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
Actor Paul Walker poses during the photo call of the movie " Fast and Furious 5", in Rome Friday, April 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Actress Elsa Pataky, actor Paul Walker, actress Gal Gadot and actor Dwayne Johnson pose during a photocall to promote the film "Fast and Furious", in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, April 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
US actor Paul Walker, arrives for the German premiere of the film 'Fast and Furious Five', in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
US actors Vin Diesel, second right, and Paul Walker, right, arrive for the German premiere of the film 'Fast and Furious Five', in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, April 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Actors, from left, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson pose for photos as they arrive to attend the premiere of the film Fast Five in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday April 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Actors Paul Walker, left, and Tyrese Gibson pose for photos as they arrive to attend the premiere of the film Fast Five in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday April 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Actor Paul Walker speaks to media members as he arrives to attend the premiere of the film Fast Five in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday April 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
U.S. actor Paul Walker waves during an event to promote his new film "Fast and Furious" in Mexico City, Friday, March. 27, 2009. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Actor Paul Walker attends the World Premiere of 'Fast & Furious 6' at Empire Leicester Square on May 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Actor Paul Walker attends the World Premiere of 'Fast & Furious 6' at Empire Leicester Square on May 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Actors Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson attend the 'Fast & Furious 6' World Premiere at The Empire, Leicester Square on May 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Universal Pictures)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 16: Actors Vin Diesel (L) and Paul Walker attend a Universal Pictures presentation to promote their upcoming film 'Fast & Furious 6' at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - MARCH 21: Actor Paul Walker walks the runway at the Samuel Cirnansck show during Sao Paulo Fashion Week Summer 2013/2014 on March 21, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by William Volcov/BrazilPhotoPress/LatinContent/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 10: Actor Paul Walker arrives at the screening of 'Hours' during the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Topfer Theatre at ZACH on March 10, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Waytao Shing/Getty Images for SXSW)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Actor Paul Walker attends the basbeall game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 23: Actor Paul Walker poses for photographers during the premiere of the movie 'Fast and Furious 5' on April 23, 2011 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Kristina Nikishina/Epsilon/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - AUGUST 24: Actor Paul Walker attends the 'Takers' premiere at Regal Atlantic Station on August 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 17: Actor Paul Walker attends the LACOSTE Pool Party during the 2010 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 17, 2010 in Indio, California. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 29 : Actor Paul Walker of the National Geographic Channel's the television show 'Expedition Week' speaks during the Cable portion of the 2009 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel on July 29, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY - MARCH 27: Actor Paul Walker attends the 'Fast & Furious' press conference at the Marriot Hotel on March 27, 2009 in Mexico City. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
MEXICO CITY - MARCH 27: Actor Paul Walker attends the 'Fast & Furious' press conference at the Marriot Hotel on March 27, 2009 in Mexico City. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 25: Actor Paul Walker attends 'Fast & Furious' photocall, at Santo Mauro Hotel on March 25, 2009 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Fotonoticias/WireImage)
MOSCOW - MARCH 23: (RUSSIA OUT) Actor Paul Walker attends a photocall for the film 'Fast & Furious' on March 23, 2009 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Aleshkin/Epsilon/Getty Images)
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File - PAUL WALKER, an actor perhaps best known for his roles in the 'Fast and Furious' films died in a fiery car crash. He was 40 years old. Los Angeles County Sheriff found a car engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a collision in the community of Valencia Two people who were found in the car were pronounced dead at the scene, Walker being a passenger in a friend's car, the accident occurred due to speed. Pictured: March 10, 2013 - Austin, Texas, U.S - PAUL WALKER attends SXSW film premiere for You're Next. (Credit Image: © Sandy Carson/ZUMAPRESS.com)
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Valencia, CA, USA. 1st Dec, 2013. A memorial for Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, Sunday, December 1, 2013, at the scene of their fatal crash site on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia. © Michael Owen Baker/Los Angeles Daily News/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Porsche carrying "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was traveling approximately 90 mph when it lost control on a suburban street and crashed, killing the actor and his friend, according to an investigation by law enforcement agencies into the November accident.

The sports car slammed into a light pole which had a speed limit sign of 45 mph, killing Walker and Roger Rodas in a fiery wreck.

Investigators concluded that unsafe driving, not mechanical problems, caused the crash, according to a person who has reviewed a report by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol. Investigators calculated that Rodas was driving between 81 mph and 94 mph when his 2005 Porsche Carrera GT began to drift as it lost control after coming out of a curve.

"The vehicle had no mechanical failure and the damage that occurred to the vehicle was from the collision," accident reconstruction specialists with the Highway Patrol wrote, according to the person, who requested anonymity because the report has not been officially released yet.

A spokeswoman said Tuesday that the Sheriff's Department had no new information to release regarding the investigation into the Nov. 30 crash. "We will have something in the very near future," department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida wrote in an email. The CHP declined comment.

The Associated Press reported in December that investigators had found no evidence that the car had mechanical problems and ruled out debris or other roadway conditions.

Subsequently, Porsche sent engineers to California to review the rare car's wreckage. Though it was badly mangled and burned, the engineers were able to do a thorough analysis. They found no problems with the car's electrical systems, brakes, throttle, fuel system, steering, suspension or other systems.

Porsche declined a request for comment Tuesday.

The conclusion about the speed was based on a "yaw" mark on the road that the car's tire left on the road in an area of industrial office parks in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Witnesses told a sheriff's deputy that they thought the car could have been traveling in excess of 100 mph.

Post-crash investigators noted several issues with the condition of the car, which had several prior owners, including IndyCar driver Graham Rahal:

-Its original exhaust system had been modified in a way that could allow it to go faster, but also could have been done to change its sound.

-Its tires were about nine years old; the owner's manual suggests changing the tires after four years.

-Its left rear brake rotor was worn below manufacturer specifications, but that did not contribute to the crash.

Rodas, 38, and Walker, 40, had taken what was supposed to be a quick ride from a fundraiser benefiting Reach Out Worldwide, a Walker charity that gives first-response aid to victims of natural disasters. The crash occurred near the fundraiser, and horrified friends of the men raced to the scene.

While Rodas was Walker's financial adviser, the two had bonded over their shared love of fast cars. They co-owned an auto racing team named after Rodas' shop, Always Evolving, and Rodas drove professionally for the team on the Pirelli World Challenge circuit in 2013.

Walker starred in all but one of the six "Fast & Furious" blockbusters, which glorify muscular cars and risky driving.

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