“Fast and Furious” Star Paul Walker Killed in Car Crash

Paul Walker, one of the stars from the hit movie franchise “Fast and Furious,” died in a car accident on Saturday, November 30. Walker was hosting a Charity Toy Drive and Automotive Social Gathering for his charity, Reach Out Worldwide. The organization aids relief efforts for natural disaster victims.

Walker and one of his racing team partners, 38-year-old financial manager and part-time race car driver Roger Rodas, left the charity in an notoriously hard to handle Porsche model, a Carrera GT.  They crashed into a light pole just a short distance away from Rodas’ automotive shop,  which was hosting the charity event. Los Angeles accident scene investigators have confirmed that Rodas was the driver of the car while Walker was the passenger, and that excessive speed is a likely factor.

Both of the men in the car were pronounced dead at the scene of the car accident. Witnesses stated that the accident could be seen at the automotive shop because the car was on fire and it was heard, but no one was sure what it was. Someone at the automotive shop called it in and it was identified as a vehicle crash. Many people from the shop took fire extinguishers to the accident site but it was too late.

According to reports from the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News, Walker was on a break from filming ‘Fast and Furious 7,’ due to come out in July, and the producers are currently deciding how to handle the movie’s release. Production has currently been stopped but the movie has not been entirely discarded. Universal Studio is deciding how to continue the movie but remain respectful towards Walker’s tragic death. Walker will appear in the movie ‘Hours,’ coming out in December 13.

Although Walker was unmarried and not exactly critically acclaimed as an actor, he does leave behind a large number of grieving family members, many friends in the California area, and innumerable fans across the country.  A crowd gathered the next day at the accident site, and fans have continued to leave trinkets and messages in a makeshift memorial there.  At press time, funeral services have not yet been announced.

Rodas,  a native of El Salvador, lived in Valencia with his wife and two children, and is mourned also by members of the race team and crew.