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Paul Walker

Speed, Not Mechanical Failure, Caused Crash

3/25/2014 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Paul Walker
died as a result of speeding and not mechanical problems.

A source connected with the CHP -- which did the speed analysis -- tells TMZ  ... Roger Rodas, the driver, was going between 80 and 93 MPH when he lost control going around a curve and crashed.

The Associated Press quotes a source from the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. -- the agency that conducted the mechanics analysis -- who says the crash was NOT the result of mechanical failure.  Speed was the trigger for the fatal accident.

Investigators also noted the tires were 9 years old. Shortly after Paul died ... law enforcement sources told us they were the original tires on the car and they had hardened ... which means it lost traction on the road.

032514_paul_walker_presser_launchTMZ broke a story in December ... Porsche had issued a memo to its dealers 9 years ago warning them the 2004 Porsche Carrera GT could be dangerous to an untrained driver.  The memo says the road surfaces need to be smooth, like a race track.  The car is so sensitive, the memo says, "This vehicle cannot drive over a Foster beer can that is lying on its side."

Investigators say there was no evidence a second car was involved in the collision.

They also said an after-market exhaust system had been installed, which would have increased the engine's horsepower. According to investigators, the coroner's office determined neither Walker nor Rodas had alcohol or drugs in his system at the time of the crash.

TMZ broke the story ... Walker and Roger Rodas died Nov. 30 from a combination of the impact and fire.

During the investigation, German Porsche mechanics flew to L.A. to examine the car .... analyzing the Carrera GT's brakes, engine, body and a tire that wasn't destroyed in the fire.

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1.

LastOfADyingBreed    

Tmz ... We already new this.... Lame ass story NEXT

149 days ago
2.

WickedSouL    

Ok tell me something i didmt know already, .. TMZ u,guys have too much time in ur hands another useless news

149 days ago
3.

man930    

Not news. Please let the man RIP.

149 days ago
4.

nick    

How can speed cause the crash if they were not turning a corner at high speed....weren't they just drivung on a stretch?

149 days ago
5.

nick    

Did they hit a bump?? And it cause the vehicle to veer of the road?

149 days ago
6.

Ryuga the Dragon Emperor    

At least they won' t have to cremate the bodies.

149 days ago
7.

Matt m    

Now it could have been news if you could have squeezed the karnastians in the car with them

149 days ago
8.

Wow ...    

Say what, the driver was speeding? What a tragic shame, it didn't have to happen!!!

149 days ago
9.

Gretel    

So what's your point?

149 days ago
10.

Clytemnestra    

Will this now open up an opportunity for suing the Roger Rodas estate? This is America, after all. Litigious in the extreme.

149 days ago
11.

Lucky_130    

You can never have to many Paul Walker stories

149 days ago
12.

Nostradamus    

Even if it were a mechanical issue, how could they diagnose it in that twisted, charred heap?

149 days ago
13.

WLou    

Enough TMZ! Damn!

149 days ago
14.

john wayne gacy    


relax people;

he just had bad day ~

149 days ago
15.

Chris    

Did you also hear we elected the first black president in US history? It still amazes me how pathetic most TMZ stories are. I think I'm done here.

149 days ago
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