Dec 06, 2013

    Walker had 'thermal injuries'


    FAST And Furious star Paul Walker died from "traumatic and thermal injuries" in a fiery car crash, coroners said on Wednesday, fuelling suggestions he may have survived the initial impact.

    The initial autopsy results came as the makers of the blockbuster franchise announced they were stopping production for now as they discuss how to proceed with the seventh instalment, due out next year.

    A preliminary report confirmed that Walker, 40, was the passenger in a US$400,000 (S$500,000) red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by his friend Roger Rodas when it crashed at speed on Saturday in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles.

    Rodas died of "multiple traumatic injuries", according to the autopsy results, while Walker's cause of death was listed as the "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries".

    A spokesman declined to comment on suggestions that it indicated Walker may have survived the initial crash but been killed when flames took hold.

    CNN has aired surveillance-camera footage of the crash suggesting there was a one-minute gap between the crash itself and fire taking hold of the wrecked vehicle.

    Media reports also suggest that many people ran from a nearby charity event the two men had been attending, but arrived too late to do anything for them as the blaze engulfed the car.

    Fans of the starhave flocked to the spot where he died, contributing to a growing makeshift shrine where co-stars, including Vin Diesel, have come to pay their respects in the days since the crash.