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Paul Walker Death

Image in Burning Porsche Video is NOT Paul

12/5/2013 11:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Paul Walker did NOT make a final desperate attempt to escape the burning wreckage -- and the image seen in video shot right after the crash is definitely NOT Paul ... TMZ has learned.

There had been rampant speculation and buzz on the Internet that a shadowy figure seen around 23 seconds into the video of the burning Porsche Carrera GT ... was Walker trying to get out of the vehicle, but sources connected to the investigation now say it just isn't so ... for several reasons.

First, the sources tell us that, based on photographs of the wreckage ... Paul's body was pinned in an area of the car that makes it clear he couldn't have been flailing outside the vehicle.

Also ...we're told that based on the injuries he suffered, Paul died within a nanosecond of impact, and therefore it's impossible for the image in the video to be him.

It's not clear how long after impact the video starts, but clearly more than a nanosecond.

As for what the image really is -- we're told law enforcement has watched the video, and based on evidence from the crash site ... it appears to be a part of the car's roof burning.

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Zercky    

i don't understand. Now he died almost instantly... I dont know if is Paul at the video. I dont know what to think... i dont even know which is less worst. All i can say is that i'm really sad for his tragic death, he didnt deserve it, nobody does.

236 days ago
32.

Willy    

He died a nanosecond after collision? Incorrect. Go read any article that reveals the cause of death. He suffered which is terrible! RIP PW

236 days ago
33.

lkelly816    

I agree with Spunky Funk #5. If you look closely at the beginning of the video you see only the flames along the top of the car. But, then after the guy taking the video stops talking and he refocuses the camera, there is movement looking at the top of the car. A terrible accident. RIP Paul and Roger.

236 days ago
34.

joe    

Let's see what kind of 'journalists' TMZ really are:

TMZ- you really need to step back for 1 minute- realize that you've gone WAY too far with these stories about Walker and Rodas- and be responsible enough to retract your ghastly stories (that you're creating) and actually post a public apology to the families and friends of the Walkers and Rodas .

Let's see if you are stand up people or not.

I suspect that you people will continue to hide behind your keyboards- as most cowards do.

Sources close to the situation have confirmed that the people at TMZ, are in fact, sheep in wolves clothing. However, it is unclear if they have a beating heart in their bodies.

Story developing.

236 days ago
35.

Kassie    

Does it matter to any of you who are saying it is him that the coroner himself said he died within SECONDS after impact? or isn't that horrible enough for you? One breath, even while unconscious, would have caused smoke to get into his lungs. STOP IT. All of you. This is someone's son, Dad, brother. Both men died. Both men deserve better than your horrible need for macabre.

236 days ago
36.

bgg    

If you look at the wreckage you can see that Paul's door smashed into the tree. Meaning Paul's body would have been thrust into the direction of the door with great force. And he would've smashed into the cars metal as it twisted and he perhaps would've struck the tree himself. He suffered fatal injuries at impact with that tree and could not possibly have been conscious.

236 days ago
37.

Greenbot    

NANOSECOND? Yeah right.
Amazing how much misinformation gets spewed by the mainstream media. The coroner says both men died 'within seconds' yet also states Paul suffered 'thermal trauma' meaning smoke inhalation and/or burns, while Rodas died strictly from blunt force trauma obviously BEFORE the fire burned him.
2 of the CCTV videos were recording during the exact moment of impact. This Porche DID NOT explode, or even 'burst' into flames as all news outlets are quick to claim. From the smoke seen from both CCTV cameras, it clearly looks as if it was smoldering first, then caught fire about a full minute later, which means Paul could have been saved if immediately pulled from the wreckage, barring him being pinned or trapped in the wreckage.
I'm still waiting for some proper investigative journalism stating facts, not sensationalist headlines pandering for eyeballs.
RIP to both these men and their families.

236 days ago
38.

stef    

He didn' t die within a 'nanosecond' of the impact. It took 60 seconds for the car to catch on fire and one of the causes of his death was thermal exposure. That means he survived for at least 60 seconds after impact.

236 days ago
39.

al baby    

I have a friend that knows people and he was decapitated they are holding it from the public out of respect for the family he was DEAD real quick

236 days ago
40.

Toilethead    

What kind of sick **** would even watch something like that? And what kind of sick ****s would report it? You're really going too far with this one. Go back to reporting on justin bieber doing stupid crap.

236 days ago
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Spunky Funk    

I think you all should look up the definition of "thermal trauma". This does not mean that Paul died of smoke inhalation - it means he died of heat trauma; AKA burning. Sad fact, but true. Burning to death is not instantaneous.

236 days ago
42.

twocentz    

I too have trouble believing he died within a nanosecond of impact. they said he died of trauma and thermal... the fire didnt start till almost a minute later..

236 days ago
43.

Dani.h.    

I guess with this TMZ has all angles covered...whether Paul Walker died instantly or in the fire, TMZ reported it...

236 days ago
44.

tifani    

wow what is wrong with everyone and there comments ? first of all I “Am a survivor from a one car crash I was a was the passenger and my friend was driving and she didn’t make it so take it from me people make up all kinds of stories on what happened about our crash .and they were all wrong on what happened .it wasn’t anything we were doing we weren’t speeding we weren’t driving fast it was nothing we did wrong so
take it from someone who knows from life experience anything can happen it was a freak accident that just happened no one know why these thing happen they just do so to all of you say they were speeding they were drag racing the matter of the facts are no one really know what happened except for Paul walker and his friend they were the only two that were in the car and so they are the only ones who really know what went on in that car and what happen . It is very sad , and sadly there not here to tell the true story on what happened so please stop with the stories . And one last note my heart goes out to daughter and the family ,and friends they will go down in history as someone who really cared for other people and will always be remembered for what they stood for in life they loved life and did what the loved doing and that I have to say they were 2 good heart ed men and god knew it and remember god he only takes the best . Tow more angles got there wings to soon but will be remembered forever.

236 days ago
45.

Vaako    

It's much easier to imagine his brain was already in a kind of emergency mode and he didn't notice/feel a single thing, I hope so honestly.
But I suggest no one really likes to think about those advanced cir***stances. I beg you, let's remember him as the cool guy he was and let this kinda stories be.

thanks

236 days ago
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