paul walker death excessive speedExcessive speed was a definitive factor in the crash that killed actor Paul Walker last year, according to a new report.

The Associated Press writes that an investigation into the cause of the November 30 crash that claimed the lives of Walker and his friend Roger Rodas revealed that their Porsche was traveling approximately 90 miles per hour when Rodas lost control of the vehicle and it slammed into a light pole and burst into flames. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

"Investigators concluded that unsafe driving, not mechanical problems, caused the crash, according to a person who has reviewed a report by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol," the AP reported. "Investigators calculated that Rodas was driving between 81 mph and 94 mph when his 2005 Porsche Carrera GT began to drift after coming out of a curve."

The AP's report also noted that representatives from Porsche traveled to Los Angeles to examine the wreckage of the rare car, in hopes of pinpointing what may have caused the accident. Though law enforcement did not find mechanical failure, the Porsche team discovered several issues with the vehicle, including worn-out tires, a modified exhaust system, and a worn-out rear brake rotor; they noted, however, that those problems did not likely contribute to the crash.

Walker and Rodas had taken the car for a quick ride after leaving a charity event at the auto shop they co-owned. The crash occurred nearby, and friends still at the shop quickly converged on the scene, but could not free the two men from the vehicle.

Walker, a star of the "Fast & Furious" franchise, was 40.

[h/t Variety]

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