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OTRC: Paul Walker car crash caused by speed, authorities confirm

Authorities investigating the car crash that killed "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas in November have determined the collision occurred as the result of "unsafe speed."

An accident report about the crash was released on Tuesday, March 25, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that Rodas was driving and in which Walker was a passenger, was travelling between 80 and 93 mph when the car hit a light pole and several trees before it erupted into flames. The posted speed limit where the collision occurred on a major road in Santa Clarita is 45 mph.

A mechanical examination of the vehicle involved in the crash showed that the collision was not caused by mechanical problems. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol did the investigation. Investigators also consulted with experts from Porsche and Michelin.

The report said there was evidence that both Rodas, 38, and Walker, 40, were wearing seatbelts at the time of their deaths and the airbags deployed for both men. Toxicology tests on the two showed that neither man had alcohol or drugs in their systems.

In December, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office released an autopsy report which said Walker died from "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries" and Rodas died of "multiple traumatic injuries."

Earlier this month it was reported that Walker's mother had filed a petition seeking guardianship of the late actor's 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.

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