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Accident investigation confirms played role in actor's death

Even though millions of serious car accidents occur every year, sometimes it’s difficult to determine exactly how or why an incident occurred. Sometimes it appears that only one vehicle is involved in the incident when in fact another may have fled the scene. As a result, car accident investigators may vet several possible scenarios before confirming their findings. Two people were killed in a car accident in Santa Clarita, California, recently, prompting investigators to consider multiple leads as to what caused the fatal incident.

One of the accident victims was Hollywood actor Paul Walker. He and his friend were reportedly leaving a charity toy drive event over the Thanksgiving weekend when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were riding in struck a light post. The vehicle caught fire upon impact.

Given that the accident investigation was still under way two days later, authorities could not officially confirm that Walker was the passenger in the vehicle. However, they did say that speed contributed to the fatal crash. The incident apparently occurred on a road with a 45-mph speed limit.

In addition to considering the maneuverability of the Porsche, authorities were looking into other potential factors that may have played a role in the fatal incident. There were tire track marks near the scene of the accident, and authorities planned to confirm whether or not they were related to the specific incident. Furthermore, the possibility of drag racing was being investigated. Authorities could not yet rule out suggestions that another vehicle was involved.

Two days into the investigation, there was no word on when an official cause of the accident may be determined.

Source: CNN, “Drag racing called possible factor in ‘Fast & Furious’ actor Paul Walker’s death,” Alan Duke, Holly Yan, Dec. 2, 2013

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