The specific details of the crash that killed Paul Walker and his longtime buddy Roger Rodas have started to emerge, and sadly, they paint the picture of some harrowing final moments and point to speed as the single biggest factor in the crash. Apparently, the men were traveling at more than one hundred miles an hour; so, when Rodas lost control of the vehicle, there was simply nothing either man could do.

According to the Los Angeles County Coroner, Rodas and Walker were speeding down a public street in Santa Clarita, California when something unknown caused Rodas to lose control of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. The vehicle struck a tree, hit a light post, turned at a rapid pace and struck another tree before bursting into flames. This combination of blunt force trauma and extreme heat was enough to take the men’s lives.

Because of the severity of their injuries, neither man was capable of tissue donation, as per The Los Angeles Times and neither man was able to be identified visually by his loved ones. There’s no getting around it was a violent end, but for a man like Walker, that was no doubt preferable to a slower and more agonizing departure.

It’s still a little unclear what Universal will do about Fast & Furious 7 in the wake of Walker’s death. Rumor has it his character will be retired thanks to a clever usage of the footage he already shot, but no one is speaking on the record or explaining how exactly that will be done. Regardless, I think everyone involved just wants the character, and in some ways Walker, to go out in a beautiful way befitting all the smiles and double takes he gave movie fans over the years.

Pop Blend’s sincerest thoughts go out to Walker’s entire family during this difficult time. Here’s to hoping they can get past the troubling nature of his death and instead focus on everything wonderful he did during his life.

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