After much speculation, the cause of actor Paul Walker’s death has finally been determined. Due to the devastating nature of actor Paul Walker’s fatal accident, most would assume that he would have died instantly on impact. However, his autopsy revealed otherwise.
According to CNN, the ‘Fast and Furious’ actor initially survived the horrible crash only to die ‘moments later’ due to a series of combined injuries. The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office issued a one-page preliminary report, which specified Walker’s immediate cause of death. The coroner’s office listed Walker’s cause of death as “the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries.”
The autopsy also determined that Roger Rodas was, indeed, the driver of the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. Rodas’ autopsy concluded that he suffered “multiple tramatic injuries,” and died on impact during the crash when the vehicle collided with the light standard. The explosion and burning of the high performance vehicle were not listed as acute factors in his death.
The coroner’s report also confirmed what a number of witnesses stated shortly after the accident. Rodas was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the crash, and Walker was in the passenger seat.
Toxicology reports for Walker and Rodas will not be available for an estimated six to eight weeks. The Medical Examiner has officially ruled both deaths as accidents.
The Walker family has also released a statement showing their gratitude for the number of fans around the world who have paid homage to the fallen star.
“Paul Walker’s family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from his many fans and friends,” the Walker family said in an official statement. “They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul’s charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Donations can easily be made through their website at http://www.ROWW.org/.”
The family’s request was also posted on Walker’s Twitter timeline.
In lieu of flowers or other gifts, Paul Walker's family asks that donations be made to his charity @ReachOutWW… http://t.co/fcsTh4XKNZ
— Paul Walker (@RealPaulWalker) December 2, 2013
"When you put good will out there it's amazing what can be accomplished." – Paul Walker, Reach Out WorldWide… http://t.co/ABInJPJV8o
— Reach Out WorldWide (@ReachOutWW) December 1, 2013