Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Coroner: Walker died of thermal injuries in car crash
action films, died from "combined effects of traumatic and thermal
injuries" in a car accident, the Los Angeles County coroner said on
Walker, 40, was a passenger in a fiery one-car crash on Saturday in
Santa Clarita, California, about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
The driver of the Porsche Carrera GT, Roger Rodas, died of multiple
traumatic injuries, the coroner said.
As a result of Walker's death, Universal Pictures has put filming
"Fast & Furious 7″ on hold for an unspecified period. The film was
slated to be released on July 11, 2014.
"At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down
production on 'Fast & Furious 7′ for a period of time so we can assess
all options available to move forward with the franchise," Universal
Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp, said in a statement.
The coroner ruled that both deaths were accidents and said that the
injuries occurred when the car struck a fixed object.
Surveillance video shows the red Porsche crashing into a utility pole
and bursting into flames about a minute later, according to footage
shown on CNN.
Toxicology reports on the bodies will be completed in six to eight
weeks, the coroner's office said.
Walker became a symbol of street- racing and car culture in his roles
in the "Fast & Furious" series, which has grossed more than $2 billion
at the global box office since its debut in 2001.