Excessive Speed Could Have Contributed To Death of Paul Walker
Was the car in which Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker was killed speeding at 100 mph when it crashed? That's the conclusion of expert crash investigator Christopher Dawson.
INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret asked Dawson, "This crash occured at approximately what speed?"
Dawson replied, "Approximately 90-100mph."
Dawson, who has investigated 25,000 accidents, was asked by INSIDE EDITION to examine the accident scene.
Upon reviewing the scene of the accident with Moret, Dawson said, "All these marks show the car is completely sliding and out of control.
You can still see the clues at the scene—the gouges at the curb, the tree with a patch of bark ripped away, and crimson paint stains from the actor's red Porsche.
Dawson commented, "This is a vehicle that is going too fast and loses control on large sweeping curve. Once that happens, a vehicle going 100mph is moving at 150 feet-per-second. You don't have time to do much of anything. Once you've lost control, you're beyond the pointt of no return and all you can do is hang on.
Some have speculated that skidmarks were evidence Walker's car was doing donuts, but Dawson said he doesn't believe these skidmarks are from Paul Walker's car because the tire tracks are too narrow.
Investigators are hoping that an on board computer will give them info if there was a mechanical failure prior to the crash, but one thing seems certain: speed was a factor in this fatal accident.
The deaths of Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were caught on surveillance video.
The $450,000 Porsche Carrera GT exploded seconds after impact and smoke billowed over the crash scene.
Although Rodas was believed to be driving when the collision took place, Walker can be heard in an interview talking about his own love of speed.
"The fastest I've ever gone is 184-186mph on the freeway. I call it 185mph," Walker told the interviewer.
Court records show Walker had five citations for speeding at over 65 mph since 2005.
Vin Diesel and Walker's 15-year-old daughter Meadow attended a candlelight vigil at the crash scene Monday night. Diesel used a police loudspeaker to thank fans and he said, "Thank you for coming down here and showing that angel in heaven how much you appreciate him."
There was an unfortunate coincidence on Monday night's Wheel of Fortune. Fast and the Furious was the solution to a puzzle on the show.
The episode was taped two months ago. Host Pat Sajak tweeted: "Feel terrible about timing of "Fast & Furious" puzzle tonight."