Paul Walker's autopsy reveals high speed, horrific injuries
Paul Walker's autopsy report reveals horrific injuries in a crash that was caused by excessive speed.
The Fast & Furious star was in the passenger seat of a Porsche driven by friend and business partner Roger Rodas when it slammed into two trees and a light pole and burst into flames.
"For unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the vehicle, and the vehicle partially spun around, and began to travel in a southeast direction," the coroner's report said. "The vehicle then struck a sidewalk and the driver's side of the vehicle struck a tree and then a light post. The force of those collisions caused the vehicle to spin 180 degrees, and it continued to travel in an easterly direction. The passenger side of the vehicle then struck a tree and the vehicle burst into flames."
The report also stated that Walker had "scant soot" in his trachea, suggesting that he took at least one breath after the fire began but that he died almost immediately thereafter.
Walker sustained such terrible burns that his organs were not able to be donated. He suffered multiple fractures in the crash, including fractures of the right distal radius and ulna and of the jaw, clavicle and humerus. There were multiple rib and pelvic fractures and a spinal fracture as well. Rodas also sustained catastrophic injuries, including charring of his entire body, multiple fractures and contusions and a fractured skull.
The report also states that the actor was found in a "pugilistic" or boxer's stance, a defensive position that led the coroner to believe that Walker braced himself for the collision.
"The decedent was located lying supine in the passenger seat. The top of his head facing west. His right arm was bent at the elbow with his right hand in the air, parallel with the central portion of his torso. His left arm was bent at the elbow with his left hand on the ground, just above the other decedent's head," the report reads.
"Both of his legs were bent at the knees with both of his feet resting on the passenger floorboard. The decedent was charred and in a pugilistic stance. His right wrist was fractured and his left arm was fractured."
No drugs or alcohol were found in Rodas' system, and the report concludes, "There are no charges pending and there are no signs of foul play."