Hollywood star died on November 30Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Speed to blame for Walker crash
The Washington Post (*)
The sports car slammed into a light pole which had a speed limit sign of 45 mph (72 kph), killing Walker and Roger Rodas in a fiery wreck.
Investigators concluded that unsafe driving, not mechanical problems, caused the crash, according to a person who has reviewed a report by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol. Investigators calculated that Rodas was driving between 81 mph (130 kph) and 94 mph (151 kph) when his 2005 Porsche Carrera GT began to drift as it lost control after coming out of a curve.
“The vehicle had no mechanical failure and the damage that occurred to the vehicle was from the collision,” accident reconstruction specialists with the Highway Patrol wrote, according to the person, who requested anonymity because the report has not been officially released yet.
A spokeswoman yesterday that the Sheriff’s Department had no new information to release regarding the investigation into the November 30 crash. “We will have something in the very near future,” department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida wrote in an email. The CHP declined comment.
Porsche declined a request for comment yesterday.
Rodas, 38, and Walker, 40, had taken what was supposed to be a quick ride from a fundraiser benefiting Reach Out Worldwide, a Walker charity that gives first-response aid to victims of natural disasters. The crash occurred near the fundraiser, and horrified friends of the men raced to the scene.
While Rodas was Walker’s financial adviser, the two had bonded over their shared love of fast cars. They co-owned an auto racing team named Always Evolving, and Rodas drove professionally for the team on the Pirelli World Challenge circuit in 2013.