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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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76.

Raymond    

Malfunctioned? Are you guys serious? These cars are specifically built for 200mp/h speeding on the autobahn. If anything malfunctioned it would probably suggest incompetent maintenance in the best case, foul play in the worst.

233 days ago
77.

Connor AK    

RIP Paul Walker and Roger Rodas! I am starting a day were me and my friends are going to honor paul walker and Roger Rodas December 1st, 2013 . We are calling this day WSNF day (We shal Never Forgot)!

233 days ago
78.

SADD    

dosent matter how good the driver is.
if there is some variable on the road i.e non race track, road camber is off,oil slick frm previous car,
TREES,etc.

ONE WRONG TWITCH AND U ARE DEAD AT THAT SPEED....VERY SAD DAY FOR THEIR CHILDREN.

233 days ago
79.

CarlMiller    

How is it "suspicious" the fire was in the front of the car? Yes, the engine is in the rear on this car but guess where the fuel tank is? In the front! Talk about talking out of your ass.

233 days ago
80.

DankoRamone    

So that's what it looks like when a child predator burns to death. Interesting.

233 days ago
81.

cory    

lol, wouldnt he still have steering control, i mean the fluids only there to make the steering much more effortless....am i right here, or was paul walker so weak that he couldnt turn a wheel... im sorry if im wrong, but this sounds silly

233 days ago
82.

barry     

Hé vous les anges qui sont vers le haut là attention le meilleur à venir Angel qui peut-être exister... qui n'a pas avez certainement mourir comme ça. Paul, j'ai grandi en regardant vos films et je souffre de tantissmo, je ne sais pas comment le monde peut continuer sans toi... continuent d'espérer que tout cela est un cauchemar, mais malheureusement ce n'est pas... reste ami Malik de la paix, vous êtes le meilleur ❤

233 days ago
83.

FrankCheech    

The California Dept. of Transportation should use the photo of the crumpled piece of charred metal with the 45 mph sign for their 2014 "Speed Kills" poster. I like the way the friends of the passengers defend them and say the "car must have malfunctioned" - yea, right! Looks like somebody was trying to look cool in their half-mil-dollar race car and now, how cool does that car look? 0-60... in 3 seconds? Yep, that charred pile of ***t looks really cool.

233 days ago
84.

Rick    

A burst line in the power steering would only cause it be a little harder to turn the steering wheel, driving down a straight road with a 45 mph speed limit, with a realatively young, healthy, strong and experienced driver, this would NOT cause an accident. If the driver was driving "normally", at worst, such a failure at the most inopportune time would cause him to go wide in a turn and it would be unlikely to cause more than a minor accident as you sideswiped another car or ran up on the curb. If the driver was performing radical manuevers however, that only provide them a razor thin margin of error, such a failure could result in catastrophy. Bear in mind, that performing stunts like you see in the movies, with them rapidly spinning the steering wheel again and again, will overheat and cause pressure surges in a Power Steering System, that can cause this exact failure of a burst line. Pushing a vehicle past its limits will cause mechanical failures, is that the manufacturer's fault or the drivers? Again its all speculation, but if you understand cars, this evidence just adds to the speculation that they were performing stunts, NOT dissuades it.

233 days ago
85.

charon    

that suck because how paul walker death that not cool because some one want to kill him so badly and i'm a fan tha he would show in the movies any more my sister is so what happen to pual walker . i hope that he is in with the good angle that a better place

232 days ago
86.

Epipe    

Should we now try to outlaw cars like guns because stupid, irresponsible people kill others with them?

232 days ago
87.

E.    

Disrespectful comments towards, Paul Walker, Family, Friends and Fans
https://www.facebook.com/miller.excavation/posts/559239277487654

232 days ago
88.

United States Citizen    

On BBCs award winning and long running show TOP GEAR, the host spun almost lost control on the show, he then states that if your not careful this car will put you in the wall, and god only knows how many super cars hes driven around their track. Also "The Stig" or legendary F1 race car driver Micheal Shumaker took an entire morning to do one hot lap in the car for the show. They had a vid of his first lap he spins out on a turn, the reason it took so long for him is he kept losing control of the car, because it has too much power. Honestly it really doesnt get much more professional then Shumaker in the world so just saying a world class driver did not lose control is simply trying pay respect to your lost buddy.

232 days ago
89.

Tom    

Loss of power steering does not mean loss of control. A good driver would say "shucks" and drive it to the shop, and that would be that. It would take an extraordinary amount of driver ineptitude for -that- failure to have caused -this- crash.

JUST SAYIN'.

232 days ago
90.

United States Citizen    

On BBCs award winning and long running show TOP GEAR, the host spun almost lost control on the show and god only knows how many super cars hes driven around their track. Also "The Stig" or legendary F1 race car driver Micheal Shumaker took an entire morning to do one hot lap in the car for the show. They had a vid of his first lap he spins out on a turn, the reason it took so long for him is he kept losing control of the car, because it has too much power. Honestly it really doesnt get much more professional then Shumaker in the world so just saying a world class driver did not lose control is simply trying pay respect to your lost buddy.

232 days ago
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