Paul Walker death: Investigators recover three black boxes from Porsche crash to use for data recovery

One module should be able to tell the last speed recorded and whether the airbags deployed, while the other two should give information on the throttle and how much gas was going into the engine.


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Investigators have recovered all three black boxes from the Porsche in which Paul Walker died – and all three are “viable” despite the car bursting into flames, a law enforcement source told the Daily News.

Investigators with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department are now in talks with Porsche to have engineers meet them in mid-January to plug the boxes into another Porsche Carrera GT model for data recovery, the source said.

 

Paul Walker died Nov. 30 when his friend and business partner Roger Rodas lost control of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT in which they were riding near their car shop in Santa Clarita, Calif.

One module should be able to tell the last speed recorded and whether the airbags deployed, the source explained.

The other two should give information on the throttle and how much gas was going into the engine.

sheriff deputies work near the wreckage of the porsche.

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Sheriff deputies work near the wreckage of the Porsche.

The source said investigators are working with Porsche’s lawyers to arrange the assistance and that the automaker is covering all of the costs.

“We’re going to have to discuss how we’ll do this when we meet with them. We will bring the modules to them and work out what we do from there. We would like to keep things under our control. We discussed possibly renting another GT to plug them in,” the source said.

“I’m not really sure about the level of encryption in this case, but in other cases, we’ve been able to download and get the data in 10 minutes,” the source said.

Walker, 40, died Nov. 30 when his friend and business partner Roger Rodas lost control of the exotic 2005 Porsche Carrera GT in which they were riding near their car shop in Santa Clarita, Calif.

the porsche crashed into a light pole and a tree and burst into flames, killing both paul walker and roger rodas within seconds, authorities said.

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The Porsche crashed into a light pole and a tree and burst into flames, killing both Paul Walker and Roger Rodas within seconds, authorities said.

The car crashed into a light pole and a tree and burst into flames, killing both men within seconds, authorities said.

The investigation source reiterated Wednesday that high speed appeared to be a contributing factor – though the source declined to give an estimate.

“If we’re able to get an exact speed off the modules, great. If not, we will release what we’ve come up with based on the skids,” the source said.

“There’s no indication he was spinning at all before the crash. It’s fairly straight where he crashed. There’s no evidence he lost control in the curve at all,” the source said, referring to Rodas.

a fan places a poster during a dec. 8 memorial rally and car cruise in valencia, calif. to remember paul walker and his friend roger rodas.

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A fan places a poster during a Dec. 8 memorial rally and car cruise in Valencia, Calif. to remember Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas.

The source said one tire was recovered fairly intact and dated back to 2004.

“It was an old tire, especially in racing years,” the source said.

Still, the source said it was unlikely the tire had trouble with the raised dots marking the boundaries of the lanes.

“I find it highly unlikely that the car lost traction due to a dot,” the source said. “I don’t see it taking the whole wheel off the ground. These tires were wide.”

The source said there’s evidence that a driver’s side door airbag deployed, but the rest of the car was too badly burned to determine whether the other airbags worked properly.

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