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The 2005 Porsche Porsche Carrera GT prior to the crash. Photos posted by Always Evolving.

The 2005 Porsche Porsche Carrera GT prior to the crash. Photo posted by Always Evolving.

[KHTS] – The Porsche in a fatal crash that killed “Fast & Furious” movie star Paul Walker and driver Roger Rodas was traveling about 100 mph, according to a Coroner’s Office report.

The report contained noted from crash investigators, who noted the car was traveling about 100 mph at the time of the crash, around 3:25 p.m. on Nov. 30.

“(Roger Rodas) was driving a red Porsche Carrera GT at an unsafe speed, approximately 100+ mph, in the No. 1 eastbound lane on Hercules Street, approaching Constitution,” according to the Coroner’s Office report.

“For unknown reasons, the driver lost control of his vehicle, and the vehicle partially spun around, and began traveling in a southeast direction. The vehicle then struck a curb, and the driver’s side of the vehicle struck a tree and then a lightpost,” the report continued.

Paul Walker - Roger Rodas

Paul Walker – Roger Rodas

The force of the collision then spun the car around again,  and the passenger’s side struck a tree and the vehicle burst into flames, according to notes from Deputy Kelly of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, who was among the first deputies on the scene.

Investigators with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Traffic Unit are expected to meet with Porsche officials later this month to discuss evidence from the crash.

No foul play is suspected in the crash, according to the report.

The crash site has drawn thousands of people to the Valencia industrial park where the crash occurred, which is less than 100 yards from the corporate headquarters of a business owned by Roger Rodas, the Always Evolving performance car shop.

Walker and Rodas were friends and fellow car enthusiasts, and Rodas also raced Porsche cars, in addition to being a financial adviser.

Instagram photos purportedly showing the roof of the Porsche | Click image to enlarge

Instagram photo purportedly showing the stolen roof panel from the Porsche | Click image to enlarge

Walker was in Santa Clarita for a toy drive to benefit a nonprofit he owned called Reach Out WorldWide.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials are still investigating a theft from the crash site, as two men pleaded not guilty in court Friday to stealing parts of the back of a Wolf’s Towing truck that carried evidence from the scene.

Prosecutors filed criminal charges against two men accused of stealing the roof from the wrecked Porsche Carrera GT in which Walker and Rodas died.

Anthony Edward Janow, 25, of Phoenix, and Jameson Brooks Witty, 18, of Tujunga, are charged with one felony count of grand theft of personal property.

The charges were filed by Deputy District Attorney Sera Boyadjian of the San Fernando branch office, and Deputy District Attorney Bradley Lieberman is assigned to the case.

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17 Comments

  1. John Gilbert John Gilbert says:

    They’re lucky that they didn’t kill anyone else. Perhaps the DMV should require a Pilots License to fly a Carrera below 15,000ft, and ejection seats.

  2. Michelle Hesselgrave

  3. Brian Howard Brian Howard says:

    I figured as much…

  4. Can we let them REST IN PEACE, now?! Thanks.

  5. Carol Rock Carol Rock says:

    Jason Galvin, wanted to make sure you saw this….100 mph isn’t exactly the speed limit in the industrial center

  6. Jason Galvin Jason Galvin says:

    Carol Rock you are correct, and I never disagreed with anyone that they were speeding, but the big part of this story is midway through – SCV Sheriff officials are meeting with Porsche officials…in other words, as I stated, they suspect the car broke…I don’t care if he was doing 45 or 150, he wouldn’t have lost control of that car going in a straight line…I’ve been over 150 in the drivers seat of a Porsche 911, and while granted it was on a race course, the fact is drivers with that experience don’t crash in straight lines unless something breaks…that was and still is my argument…should they have been driving that fast in that area? Absolutely not…but speed was not the reason this happened.

  7. Jason Galvin speed is the sole reason they died. Newton’s Laws cannot be overcome and if they were going 35 and the car malfunctioned their would not have been a fatality.

  8. Teri Ward Teri Ward says:

    I don’t think any thing broke on the car to cause the crash. Everyone does “drifting” in the area and I bet that what they were doing headed toward the turn.

  9. Jason galvin is making excuses because his man crush from fast and furious is dead. Forget the mechanics, it’s irrelevant. They were doing 100. I’m just glad they were killed when they were before the idiots had a chance to take out a soccer mom and her kids down the street by Walmart. All these jackass street racers belong in the same firetrap.

  10. Heard stories that they were joy riding all day…one too many obviously…yes it’s a very sad situation but they were speeding which ultimately killed them. And why own a car that has such a bad reputation?

  11. Oh my WORD Jason. Oh. My. Word.

  12. Ok… Enough. Let them rest in peace… We all know it was driven fast and it killed both men.

  13. I’m with you jason. I live in Valencia and drive on that street. And I drive a Porsche. Wasn’t just speed. The whole thing is so sad.

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