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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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61.

Joe    

And so it begins...the race to try and take the blame off the driver. To wrap a car around a tree, takes a good amount of speed.

135 days ago
62.

John    

tmz so wrong here he means he fished tailed rather than left two straight lines and that has nothing to do with steering fluid. You can drive a car if it fails and its a little heavy at speed and they would have stopped...

it was motor oil from dry sump system and the fire was the fuel cell coming apart

135 days ago
63.

twocentz    

i still think whoever recorded this video was a pansy ass btch

135 days ago
64.

Norba    

Can't believe a word, let alone a "theory" coming from the "shop." Since they've been lying to anyone and everyone since this horrific event occurred.

135 days ago
65.

twocentz    

anyone else see what looked like a person standing up from the driver's side around the 22-23 second mark? and then later falling back down? and then the photo of the car where the bodies were covered in the blanket, it looked like the drivers door was open and the body was a bit away from the car interior.

135 days ago
66.

SSinOC    

The driver was probably going ape chit on cold and old, hard, tires? Doesn't matter how good a driver you are if the car starts to oversteer at high speed on cold, hard, rubber you are toast. Once it hit the trees the fuel lines were compromised and the car went up. Typical of a high speed street wreck.

135 days ago
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Detective. LaToya    

So you're trying to tell us that his FRIENDS are coming up with random theories aka lying and making excuses for them racing that car? Please!

135 days ago
68.

dduke101    

Well, the car was said to be having problems before they went on that fateful drive. It kept stalling out as workers were attempting to put it back in the garage. So mechanical issues is very likely.

135 days ago
69.

Kat.    

The fire spread quickly at the front of the car because the Carrera GT, like most Porsche's, have their gas tanks in the front of the car not the rear.

135 days ago
70.

Dead@27    

See the broken glass, in the underpass.
Feel the crushing steel, feel the steering wheel.

135 days ago
71.

lorranneb    

wow...knowing that doesnt make it any easier because they r both still gone, but im glad 2 know that roger wasnt at fault...that was starting 2 suck that his family would have 2 live w that ugly rumor that was going around. hopefully when the investigation is completed we will all know 4 sure what really happened

135 days ago
72.

Dustie    

But the fire did start in the rear. It just spread to the cabin, which was smashed and mangled, like the whole car. It's no wonder the flames moved quickly, when it was a crash. It's pretty apparent the front wasn't as burned as the back, it wasn't even all in flames when the firefighters came. I think it's possible there would have been survivors if they hadn't been knocked out by the crash itself...

135 days ago
73.

Dead@27    

A tear of petrol
Is in your eye
The hand brake
Penetrates your thigh
Quick - Let's make love
Before you die...

135 days ago
74.

Nikki    

Paul Walker,
Ryan Dunn
James Dean.

Die in style. Buy Porsche.

135 days ago
75.

Matt    

Someone just ran out of talent. That simple. And the idea that a "mechanical failure" was the cause? It was an 8 year old car TMZ. I hope Porsche sues the sh&t out of you for your accusations. And in the future, just because you play a race driver on TV does not make you one. D-bags. Sorry PW, RIP but seriously folks.

135 days ago
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