Paul Walker died in a car crash last Saturday, November 30, at the age of 40, while he and his friend Roger Rodas crashed into a pole at a charity event. But according to TMZ reports, the impact from the collision alone did not take his life. Instead the cause of death was traumatic and thermal injuries sustained when the Porsche GT crashed into a tree and a pole and burst into flames.
TMZ reports that autopsy has been completed and Paul’s cause of death has been revealed.
According to the coroner, Roger, who was also in the car, died from multiple traumatic injuries, but burns were not listed as a factor for his death. Burns were listed as a factor in Paul‘s death.
Reports of his cause of death come on the heels of previous reports that the Walker case has “been placed on security hold” by police officials.
The cause of the accident itself is still under investigation.
Investigators “have received statements that the car involved was travelling alone at a high rate of speed,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Despite rumours that a high-speed street race may have been involved, “no eyewitness has contacted [the department] to say there was a second vehicle.”