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Paul Walker death: racing not a factor, autopsy set for today

By Daniel S Levine,

Despite reports to the contrary, drag racing was not involved in the death of Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker and driver Roger Rodas. The investigation into his death is still ongoing and the autopsies are scheduled for today.

There have been reports that there was a second car involved in the accident, with sources telling CNN and TMZ that Walker and Rodas were involved in a drag race. But that was not the case, according to NBC News.

A law enforcement source close to the investigation told NBC News that speed was a factor, as the car was going 40 to 45 mph in an area where the speed limit goes all the way down to 15 mph. Rodas lost control of the Porsche Carrera GT, crashing the car, which was then engulfed in flames.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the bodies of Rodas and Walker have not been identified officially as the Los Angeles County coroner could not perform autopsies until Tuesday. Officials were waiting on their dental records.

Jim Torp, a friend of the two men, said that the Porshe had been sold, so they weren’t recklessly driving or racing. “I’m a good friend of theirs and I’m fighting for them because there’s been a lot of speculation about them drag racing, and that did not happen,” he said.

“If my brother were here today. And if he saw all the love you were bringing here,” Fast & Furious actor Vin Diesel told the crowd at the crash site Monday. “If he could see for himself that [you have] shown my brother love ... it's going to stay with me forever ... showing that angel up in heaven how much you appreciated him.”

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