Car in Walker crash may have been going 100 mph
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Porsche carrying “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker may have been going 100 mph or more before it crashed, killing both Walker and the driver, according to a coroner’s report released Friday.
Investigators found no mechanical problems with the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT or debris or other problems on the roadway. The street forms an approximately 1-mile loop amid industrial office parks and is rimmed by hills and isolated from traffic, especially on weekends. The downed light pole the car hit had a speed limit sign of 45 mph. The area in Santa Clarita is about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Roger Rodas, Walker’s friend and financial adviser, was driving the Porsche at an unsafe speed, and witnesses interviewed by deputies estimated it was going 100 mph or more. No alcohol or drugs were detected in the system of either man on the day of the fiery one-car crash. The Nov. 30 deaths were ruled accidents and were due to combined traumatic and thermal injuries, the report said. It said both men had burns on 100 percent of their bodies.
Rodas had fourth-degree burns on his head and neck and severe skull fractures, the report said.
Walker had broken bones throughout his body including his jaw, arm, ribs and pelvis, it said.
The car slammed into a tree and a light pole on the driver’s side, then after spinning, hit a second tree on Walker’s side of the car and caught fire. The report says the red Porsche was traveling “at an unsafe speed, approximately 100+ mph,” according to a deputy who took testimony from witnesses at the scene.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Blue Jasmine,” “Nebraska” and “American Hustle” have been nominated for Writers Guild honors, continuing their imprint on Hollywood’s awards season.
The three comedies, joined by dramas “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Her,” gained nods on Friday for exceptional screen writing in the original screenplay category.
“August: Osage County,” “Before Midnight,” “Captain Phillips,” “Lone Survivor,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” earned bids for adapted screenplay.
“Dirty Wars,” “Herblock — The Black & The White,” “No Place on Earth,” “Stories We Tell” and “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks” ranked among nominated documentaries.
Winners will be honored on Feb. 1 at simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ke$ha has checked into rehab to treat an eating disorder. The “Tik Tok” singer said in a statement provided by her spokesman Friday that she will be unavailable for the next 30 days while she seeks treatment for an undisclosed eating disorder.
“I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice,” she said.
The 26-year-old vegetarian pop star said she wants to “learn to love myself again, exactly as I am.”
No other details were provided.
Ke$ha, whose real name is Kesha Rose Sebert, is the performer of such tunes as “Crazy Love,” “Die Young” and “Timber” with Pitbull. She starred in the MTV reality series “My Crazy Beautiful Life.”