NEW Actor Paul Walker, best known for his role in the Fast & Furious action movies, has died after his close friend Roger Rodas (both pictured center) lost control of a Porsche GT (top right) which smashed into a pole and a tree. The high-powered super-car burst into flames (bottom right) after it crashed in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, at 3.30pm on Saturday. Walker, 40, who was in five of the six films about illegal street racing and heists, had been at an event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide before deciding to take the car out for a drive with his friend. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that speed was a factor in the crash. Up and down the road near the crash site were burned rubber and doughnut marks as though someone had smoked their tires in figure 8 patterns.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that speed was a factor in the crash.
Up and down the road near the crash site were burned rubber and doughnut marks as though someone smoked their tires in figure 8 patterns.
‘I don't know if the marks in the road are related to the crash,’ said Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Brian Allen.
The wreck took place about 3:30 p.m., about 300 yards from the office park where the event was held. The speed limit there is 45 mph.
Deputies arrived at the scene to find a vehicle on fire, he said.
Once fire crews put the flames out, they found two occupants, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene.
By Saturday evening, all that remained was the burnt mangled metal of the red car and a light pole that had been knocked down.
The county coroner said that, given the condition of the bodies, it will take some time to definitively identify them.
Guests rushed to put out the flames with fire extinguishers but the fireball had already engulfed the car.
The driver of the car has been identified as former race car driver Roger Rodas, 38, who was also Walker's financial adviser.
The pair were friends and had been racing for several years before they began collaborating on Walker's finances.
Rodas had helped Walker establish his Reach Out Worldwide charity, after creating his own foundation to support widows and orphans in his native El Salvador.
Rodas was also the CEO of Always Evolving, the car customization shop where Saturday's charity event had been taking place.
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