Paul Walker’s Crash Caused by Excessive Speed, Not Mechanical Failure

Soon after Paul Walker passed away in fiery crash, many rushed to make a demon out of the Porsche Carrera GT carrying the actor in its passenger seat. Well, the investigators have now reached a conclusion - it was excessive speed, not a mechanical failure, that caused the accident.
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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recently released a partial report, which indicates the Carrera GT was traveling at 93 mph in a 45 mph zone when the accident took place.

Despite the car not having any technical issues, it seems that its tires were nine years old, a factor that contributed to the driver loosing control, as indicated by the investigators. Most carmakers advise changing the tires at six years, even on supercars with low mileage, while various sources point out that the Porsche’s owner manual requests that tires should be changed every four years.

The car was driven by Roger Rodas, a good friend of Walker. They were both experienced drivers who owned an impressive car collection and went racing together. Nonetheless, it seems that the mix of poor traction and too much throttle overcome the driver’s skill.

"There is also evidence that this particular vehicle had been altered from its original design state and had not been maintained properly," Porsche Cars North America said “However, there is no evidence of any mechanical malfunction. We stand by our Carrera GT and by the investigation and conclusions of the responsible authorities."

Earlier reports indicated that the car went out of control before hitting a light post and adding the new details seems to make the story pretty clear.

Via: Los Angeles Times
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