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Paul Walker

Death Car May Have Malfunctioned

12/2/2013 6:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1201_walker_car_rodas_tmz_facebookThe exotic sports car in which Paul Walker violently died, crashed as a result of mechanical failure -- very possibly a steering fluid leak ... this according to sources closely tied to the auto shop where the vehicle was stored and maintained. 

Sources connected to Always Evolving -- the shop co-owned by Walker and the Porsche driver Roger Rodas -- tell TMZ they saw evidence of a fluid burst and subsequent fluid trail before the skid marks at the accident scene.

The AE sources point to the fact there is a noticeable absence of skid marks until just before the point of impact. They say if Roger had lost control the skid marks would show swerving, but instead the marks were in a straight line. They feel this cements the theory the driver didn't have steering control.

Also suspicious -- the fire spreading so quickly in the front of the car. The sources say flames would be expected in the rear where the engine is ... but fire in the front reinforces their theory of a fluid leak of some sort.

113013_paul_walker_burning_launchWe're told the $500,000 Carrera GT was NOT modified and was driven rarely so they believe any failure must be a factory defect.

As one source put it ... "Roger was a world class driver" -- and while he might have been speeding (as cops have said) ... the notion he just lost control is preposterous.

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J    

Tmz, you should be ashamed of yourselves for purchasing/posting this video! I'm a long time fan of yours but am rethinking that now... This was THE line you should not have crossed. And whoever shot that clip really should be held accountable for not trying even a little bit to save the men they clearly saw burning to death. Not much shocks me and I'm rarely phased by anything I see in the media, but this is an all-time low for our society.

288 days ago
17.

Max Smart    

Do we really need all of this TMZ speculation, milking every detail that they possibly can for another story? TMZ loves a celebrity death. Paul Walker tragically as a passenger in a car accident. The police said speed was a factor. Any car will malfunction if you drive it too quickly into a telegraph pole. We don't really need to split hairs about the details.

288 days ago
18.

BB not bb    

I have had steering fluid leaks and it did not result in anything like this. Why would the steering fluid line just suddenly burst off? All that happens when you have no fluid is that the steering becomes very stiff. You can still turn the wheel with a lot of effort. They were driving home in a 35 mph zone. They were on a straightaway. There was no need for any steering or swerving at that point.


If something blew up in the rear, the card could have swerved on its own. The n the gas tank in the rear would have ignited. Then the fire department doing minimal to put out the flames incinerated the car to ashes.


Maybe someone in that auto shop was in on a plot to get rid of these two. Maybe they had aspirations of owning a high end auto shop but not the money to set one up. A whole team of friends ran over, I think I heard it was eight, and all they did was wrestle each other trying to free Paul. Maybe some of these friends intended for Paul to die.


Maybe this malfunctioning car was really a set up to get them in the car to take it on a test run. Some people are just greedy and want to do things their own way. If some Illuminati types were sniffing around looking for a way to make trouble, maybe they found their accomplices in some of the auto shop workers.


I think there should be a forensic investigation by the DA or prosecutor or whoever does that. It looks like foul play to me.

288 days ago
19.

SusanInFlorida    

TMZ, please find out the facts before you speculate on the cir***stances surrounding the crash.

288 days ago
20.

jack wilson    

nobody can milk more out of a story,what next ,driver swerved to avoid squirrel.milk it till its dry.

288 days ago
21.

Phishie from Philly    

It could have been a nitrous oxide problem. If the car was equipped with NOS, then it's possible that's why the car caught fire so fast as well as the breaking fluid problem.
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288 days ago
22.

Dave    

That's what people do, they blame the car. First off I have lost many steering racks in my racing years. Loss of fluid doesn't stop you from steering. It just makes it "strong arm steering" as you lose the power assist. Secondly the fuel tank is in the front, so why would the engine burn if it's separated? The front is the flammable part and the fuel lines had to separate when the body did.

Lastly, any pro driver who doesn't have a lot of seat time in any car can over drive it or make a mistake. The sad thing is that he was showing off when he did it and killed someone else.

288 days ago
23.

GeneralNatty    

The ultra lightweight porsche involved in this situation reminds me of james dean who also died in a ultra lightweight porsche.

288 days ago
24.

Truth    

AS USUAL TMZ HAS THE WORST INVESTIGATIVE BLOGGERS (NOT REPORTERS) ON THE F*CKING PLANET. EVEN IF IT WAS STEERING FLUID IF THE DOUCHE BAG WAS DRIVING AT THE SPEED LIMIT OR LOWER THEY WUD BOTH STILL BE ALIVE!! A BROKEN BONE HERE AND THERE BUT THEY WUD STILL BE F*CKING ALIVE. STOP BLAMING PORSCHE IT'S THE RETARDED DRIVER, WORLD CLASS OR NOT. HE'S TO BLAME. POINT BLANK! #TRUTH!!

288 days ago
25.

Yes, I'm That Leah    

Somebody needs to get going on that autopsy! This man may have had a stroke or been on new medication, and hit the gas harder as a result of being in pain and losing control of his functions?

I ask again. Please do not pass judgement. 40 somethings typically don't 'joyride".

288 days ago
26.

Dee    

blah, shame on the video maker. How cynic he has to be to film bourning car with two bodies inside to sold it to tmz ASAP?

288 days ago
27.

Jim    

This sounds all well and good for a possible steering pump leak, but tell us what caused the car to go at high speeds (I'm guessing over 120mph) and hit a light post and tree, then split in half, causing 2 deaths. Unless proven otherwise, that fault lies with the driver.

288 days ago
28.

beachgal    

I doubt Rodas was a "world-class driver", never heard of him before, but his actions reflect rich, arrogant & reckless. He killed Paul Walker with his stupidly expensive insanely fast car on a city street, clearly ignoring the speed limit. Rodas' estate will be held responsible but that's not going to be much consolation to Walker's grieving daughter. :'(

288 days ago
29.

beachgal    

Rodas was a "wealth manager with Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, managing a branch office in Glendale"

288 days ago
30.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Cars didn't always have power steering. Cars without power steering still steer, a "world class driver" could handle it, unless the car was going too fast...

288 days ago
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