The star of the Fast and Furious movies, Paul Walker, has been killed in a car crash in Los Angeles. The actor, who was just 40 years of age, was riding in the passenger seat of a Porsche Carrera GT when it crashed into a tree and a lamp post. Apparently, Walker was attending a charity event in the area.
It did not take long for police to respond to the collision. However, once they reached the car, it was completely engulfed in flames. Both of the people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. A statement found on Walker’s Facebook page says, “It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We … are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news.”
So far, police have been unable to identify the driver of the car. However, police are sure that he was a friend of Walker’s. Sources close to Walker say that he was riding around with Roger Rodas, a race car driver. Rodas is the owner of the Always Evolving car shop. This is a store where he sells high-performance car parts. This is also the same store where the charity was taking place. Friends of Walker said that Rodas took him for a ride in one of his tricked out Porsches. The accident occurred just one block away from the shop.
One of Walker’s friends, Antonio Holmes, said “We all heard it from our location. 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.”
Bill Townsend, another friend of Walker’s who was at the fundraiser, said “He was very happy. He was smiling at everybody, just tickled that all these people came out to support this charity. He was doing what he loved. He was surrounded by friends, surrounded by cars.”