Power Steering Fluid Leak Caused “Fast and Furious” Crash
Leaking power steering fluid is reportedly the culprit in a car crash on Saturday that claimed the lives of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker (above) and his friend, Roger Rodas.
The $500,000 bright red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT the two men were traveling in crashed near a business park in Santa Clarita, California – bursting into flames after striking a tree and a light pole.
Sources close to Rodas – the professional driver who was behind the wheel when the crash occurred – tell TMZ that a fluid trail and straight skid marks “cements the theory the driver didn’t have steering control.”
“Also suspicious — the fire spreading so quickly in the front of the car,” the website notes. “The sources say flames would be expected in the rear where the engine is … but fire in the front reinforces their theory of a fluid leak of some sort.”
Here’s a video taken in the immediate aftermath of the crash …
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“Drive away! It’s gonna blow up!” one witness exclaims.
“The car is in half. I can’t tell if there is someone in there,” another witness observes.
Walker was attending a fundraiser at Rodas’ garage to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines when he and Rodas – the co-owner of his racing team – embarked on a drive to troubleshoot the Porsche, which was reportedly stalling out.
The crash occurred at the end of this twenty-minute test drive – less than 500 yards away from Rodas’ garage.
Walker starred in all six Fast and Furious movies – and was in the process of filming a seventh when he died. He also starred in Clint Eastwood’s 2006 war movie Flags of our Fathers.