LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The car carrying late “Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker was doing over 100 miles (160 kilometers) per hour when it crashed, nearly cutting the high-powered vehicle in half, coroners said Friday.
The 40-year-old actor’s body was charred beyond recognition in the November 30 accident, they said in a report describing the burned-out wreckage in graphic detail.
The $400,000 2005 car was driven by Walker’s friend Roger Rodas, who also died in the crash in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, where they had attended a charity event.
Neither man tested positive for alcohol or drugs including marijuana, cocaine, opiates and methamphetamine, a coroner’s report said, adding that autopsies were conducted on December 3, but toxicology results were only confirmed Friday.
“The driver was driving a red Porsche Carrera GT…at an unsafe speed, approximately 100-plus miles per hour,”said the report, citing an investigator’s account of the crash.
The report said Walker was found “wearing remnants of a black T-shirt, a pair of black jeans and a pair of gray boxer briefs”and was “lying supine in the passenger seat.”
“The decedent was charred and in a pugilistic stance,”it said, describing the posture of his body after the crash.
A coroner’s spokesman said “pugilistic”described “how the muscles of the body contract due to the heat into a ‘boxer-like’appearance.”
The report said the driver lost control of the car “for unknown reasons,”causing it to spin around and hit a curb, after which the driver’s side of the Porsche struck a tree and then a light post.