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Paul Walker Death: Porsche Car May Have Malfunctioned

Paul Walker Death: Porsche Car May Have Malfunctioned

The car that Paul Walker and his good friend Roger Rodas died in on Saturday afternoon (November 30) may have crashed due to mechanical failure, according to TMZ.

Sources that are connected to Always Evolving, the auto shop co-owned by the pair, tell the site that they saw evidence “of a fluid burst and subsequent fluid trail before the skid marks at the accident scene.”

Because there were no skid marks until just before the crash site and also because the fire spread so quickly in the front of the car, it points to the theory that there was a fluid leak of some sort.

The auto shop also never modified the $500,000 Porsche Carrera GT and it was rarely driven, so the sources believe it must be a factory defect. They also say it is “preposterous” that Roger could have lost control of the car as he was “a world class driver.”

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  • Candice

    STOP IT!!!!!!!! Its enough to know that he’s gone! Dont make this any harder for us and his family!!!

  • ck_always

    No disrespect to Roger or his family, but that sounds like a load of bullsh#t to cover up the potential fact that it was reckless driving.

    “Hey guys, I don’t want my friends to look bad when they died sooo, let’s fabricate a story.”

  • gabii

    I’m driving a 911 and its a wonderful car , to test the speed on a regular road is just careless . I’m saddened that these men had to die, but the driver clearly tested his luck. R.I.P both of them

  • Connie Falconeri

    @ck_always: #2

    You need to stop.

    He was a world class driver, he wouldn’t have crashed the car. It sounds like something mechanical went wrong.

  • Julia

    Yes. Mechanical failure. With a Porsche. A masterpiece of German engineering. Very likely.

    Deeply sorry about their accident, but this is just crap. Just accept that he couldn’t handle the car.

  • Connie Falconeri

    @Candice: #1

    You need to stay off the internet if you are so sensitive and don’t want to see anything about this story.


    Tune into Ground Zero radio tonight to hear all the new sabotage plot details. Walker was just getting too big for Hollywood so they had to clip him.

  • sam

    @Julia: #5

    You don’t know what the hell you are talking about. Do some research on this car and how there can be mechanical problems.

  • sam

    @ck_always: #2

    This is for you and other NO-NOTHING commenters.~~~>The AE sources point to the fact there is a noticeable absence of skid marks until just before the point of impact. They say if Roger had lost control the skid marks would show swerving, but instead the marks were in a straight line. They feel this cements the theory the driver didn’t have steering control.

    Also suspicious — the fire spreading so quickly in the front of the car. The sources say flames would be expected in the rear where the engine is … but fire in the front reinforces their theory of a fluid leak of some sort.

  • tick

    The upside to this:
    Paul was one of the few celebs in Hollywood 40 & under who didn’t die a drug-related death. He was one of the good ones. His family should always be proud of him.

  • ck_always

    @Connie Falconeri: Yes, because a world class driver is immune to car wrecks. Child please, get off me.

  • canndice

    @Connie Falconeri: whats your problem??? im just sharing my thoughts. Free World.

  • Ha

    Ha… Why are people arguing over this? IT IS TOO LATE ANYWAY. Calm down. This is a sad, very sad situation. I believe in the fact that he was indeed a “world class driver” and that a Porsche is supposed to be one of the greatest most magnificently beautiful and powerful car you can get but either way, Roger could OBVIOUSLY not handle the car. Look at what happened. I’m not saying it’s his fault, I’m saying if he couldn’t handle it (being a professional), then I guess nobody could have. Fate, y’know.

  • my understanding

    From what i read the fuel tank position on this type of concept car is placed directly behind the seat or in the bars above the seats to help with the load of the car. I read the car is really built for competition racing. There were a few questions about the safety of the vehicle due to the fuel tank location which holds 24 gallons. If this is the case it explains the explosion at impact. Porsche will be sued by both sides if there is any evidence of malfunctioning in this vehicle and Rodger’s estate will be sued by Paul’s family for wrongful death. This garage may want to lawyer up as well because whoever gave this interview may have put them in position to be sued by both families as well.

    Filings will come once all the ground work is completed. I give it 2 -6 months top.

  • my understanding

    Ok. Just saw that walker and Rodger co-owned the garage. So no lawsuit there.

  • ladyb

    I’m with ck_always. Even if it was a mechanical failure, it doesn’t change the fact he was speeding. And please, stop the he’s a world class driver, NASCAR/Indy drivers die also while racing. And they are doing it on professional race tracks. This guy was speeding with trees and light poles and possible PEDESTRIANS next to him. It’s sad they are gone. Let’s not sugar coat it, let’s learn from it.

  • Sad but so unnecessary

    This is very sad. Seems like he was a nice guy. But what were they doing speeding in that location? Very irresponsible. Lucky no one else was killed or injured.
    For all anyone knows the force of hitting the tree at such a speed to cause that damage could have forced the rear of the car up to the front making it impossible for onlookers to determine which section of the car caused the fire. Impacts like that cause fires.
    Fluid leaks don’t just happen with normal driving in a well maintained car like that.

  • Mac

    No mechanical failure could turn the car into a wreck like that if they were driving within reasonable speed limits. They had to be driving at an insane speed for that to happen.
    It’s sad that two people died in this, but public roads are not the place to race your car, there are just too many unforeseen variables that can cause you an accident – they, above all, should know that. There are racing circuits for that purpose.
    At least their reckless driving didn’t cause any harm to other innocent bystanders/drivers.

  • http://@stuntdrvr Dave

    Porsche Carrera GT not really a show car, just not one you want to put a ton of miles on… with its V10 612hp… it would be safe to assume that cold tires(or old dry tires) would be a factor. Carbon Fibber Tub construction still seems to fail in the event of a hard side impact…

  • Nikki

    It’s very possible that something went wrong mechanically, but it’s also very possible that Roger was driving recklessly. Just because he was a world-class race car driver doesn’t mean he can’t lose control of a car. He was obviously driving at extremely fast speeds when they wrecked. Investigators will have to look more into this terrible accident, but I’m guessing speed was the main factor here. You don’t do that kind of speed on regular streets.

  • Ellizabeth

    @Mac: You dont know what happened. THey were not racing. They prob were speeding some but there was fluid on the streets, skid marks right before and the car caught on fire right away which is unusual. So you dont know what happened and neither do I It definitely would explain why a world class driver who owns his own shop would wreck. We just dont know now. The friends were down the street. They had just left a few minutes before. They heard a crash and went running down the street and saw them right before the fire started. So yes it could have been a malfunction

  • Nat

    On TMZ they have a video that’s just seconds after the crash. It’s horrific. The two guys filming it sound like they’re driving a car with a turbo engine and they seem to already know that the people in the car are dead. You can CLEARLY see someone get up from the wreckage (possibly Roger Rodas) and the 2 guys filming do NOTHING to help. These two men need to be tracked down, questioned, and possibly arrested. They know what happened and I think they may have even been racing Rodas and Walker. What’s completely upsetting to me, is there were like 4 or 5 people on the scene just seconds after the crash and the fire starts and NO ONE helps. They just film and take pictures. WTF is wrong with people??

  • Lulani

    @RACE ISSUES: I agree

  • Anna

    @Nat: I mean what would they have done? Even the firefighters said that no one could have survived that kind of crash. And I saw the video and it is actually unclear if it is a person moving or part of the car. It is just a dark shadow. I read that a witness said both guys were unconscious inside the car. Paul, sadly, was probably dead before the explosion since the passenger side was caved in from the crash itself. The whole situation sucks, but there really was no way to save either guy from this. Apparently a crowd of people tried to put the fire out and just couldn’t.

  • Kalicho


    No it wasn’t sad that Paul probably died before the explosion, it would be better that way. Instead of burning to death, beyond recognition!! if there is one thing his family could be thankful for, it’s that, that would be one of the most horrific ways to die.

  • Anna

    @Kalicho: I just mean’t it is sad that he died in general and that he would have probably still died even if the car didn’t catch on fire. I agree though, much less painful for him to die on impact, even if he wasn’t dead he was unconscious and hopefully didn’t feel a thing.

  • yarov

    Cars that are not frequently driven can develop problems.
    I own a fast car that I only drive about 500 miles a year. Each time I took it out to drive, I had to check the tire pressure and any fluid leakage after backing it out of the garage.
    It’s unfortunate for Walker and his friend. Their Porsche crashed on the side and the gas tank was right behind the seats. Hence the fire happened.

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    Paul will be missed, he was a fantastic actor

  • JS


    YOU drive a 911. This was a Carrera GT. It has no PSM (electronic stability control) and handles completely different from your 911. It’s apples to oranges, you cannot compare the two. The Carrera GT is a horrible excuse for a car, and I can see why they don’t make them anymore. Piece of crap.

    From it’s wiki ” Porsche announced in August 2005 that it would not continue production of the Carrera GT through to 2006, citing discontinuation was due to changing airbag regulations in the US”

    My bet….25% of these made (1300 total) are not on the road anymore, do to being totaled in accidents. The carbon fiber body disintegrates upon impact….like a race car. These should not be driven on the road period.

  • Joe

    @Julia: It’s actually italian not german

  • http://facebook deniz

    I think fake