New footage has emerged which confirms that it took 60 seconds for Paul Walker’s car to become engulfed in the flames that killed him on Saturday.
Because of this, investigators are now questioning how Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, died in the incident. CNN has obtained new security camera coverage that shows black smoke billowing out from the crash scene over 60 seconds after a light pole and a tree fell because of Walker and Rodas’ automobile collision.
CNN has now started to speculate whether or not Walker and Rodas could have actually escaped the wreckage during this time. However, they have admitted that it is impossible to tell if this is actually the case.
An autopsy on the pair, which was completed on Tuesday, is set to unveil more details on how they actually died. It’s not known when the coroner’s office will release it preliminary findings surrounding the two bodies.
Investigators have placed a “security hold” on the release of the autopsies, which Fred Corral, Los Angeles County Coroner Lieutenant, confirmed were completed on Tuesday.
Currently, it’s believed that they perished on impact when the car, which witnesses have alleged was being driven by Rodas, struck the light pole. Walker is believed to have been in the passenger seat.
CNN’s new footage was acquired from a building across the street. The clip does not actually show the Porsche Carerra GT crashing in Valencia, California, on Saturday afternoon.
However, it does clearly depict the light pole and tree falling, before smoke can be seen rising from the scene of the crash around 60 seconds later. Two minutes later more black smoke and flames emerge.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office are currently focusing their attention on how fast the 2005 Porsche was traveling.
Antonio Holmes, who tried to save Walker and Rodas from their fiery wreckage, discussed his attempts with the Santa Clarita Valley Signal newspaper.
“We all heard from our location,” Holmes noted. “It’s a little difficult to know what it was. Someone called it in and said it was a vehicle fire. We all ran around and jumped in cars and grabbed fire extinguishers and immediately went to the vehicle. It was engulfed in flames. There was nothing. They were trapped. Employees, friends of the shop. We tried. We tried. We went through fire extinguishers.”
Tales of Walker’s huge generosity and kind demeanor have since emerged after his death, while his close knit family are still struggling to come to terms with his untimely passing.