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Paul Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas were just going for a joy ride when they were involved in the terrible car accident that took their lives and while speed was a factor the the crash the car may have also malfunctioned according to TMZ. The car, a $500,000 Carrera GT may have had a steering fluid leak a source associated with Rodas’ car shop, Always Evolving, in which Walker was also a co-owner, told TMZ. At the scene of the accident there was a fluid trail and skid marks leading up to the crash site.
The source also points out that Rodas may not have lost control since there was no swerve marks and the car marks show it went straight, so maybe Rodas did not loss control after all. Plus the fire spread so quickly, but it was not in the back where the engine is but in the front of the car. Allegedly the Porsche was not modified and so they may believe it was a factory malfunction.
But according to TMZ police are investigating if Walker and Rodas may have been drag racing although eyewitnesses at the scene say they were not. Jim Torp who was at the charity said tells HollywoodLife the men were not drag racing.“I want people to know that Paul and Roger were not drag racing. They were not doing donuts. Some people said they were drifting, which they weren’t. They were not racing other cars. They were only driving for like five to six minutes when the car crashed, they didn’t have enough time to be racing. Plus there were two highway patrol officers on site because there were so many high performance cars at the event.”
Jim said he was still at the event when he heard a band and saw the black smoke. “There is a special effects building behind Always Evolving, where the even took place, so lots of people thought that the noise was coming from there, but in my gut I knew it was Paul and Roger. Roger lost control of the control. They didn’t spin or anything. They went into a tree. They hit four trees and took a big light pole down. The light pole came down and the car bounced off of it. And then they crashed into a tree, that’s what eventually stopped the car.”
Below is a video of the car in flames. It’s hard to watch. I still can’t believe it!
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