On the afternoon of November 30, Paul Walker of “Fast & Furious”
fame was hosting a charity event in Valencia for his organization Reach
Out Worldwide in conjunction with a local custom car shop, Always Evolving.
Exotic supercars were put on display alongside a toy drive. All proceeds
were to be donated to good causes. To entertain donors, Walker and his
friend, Roger Rodas, decided to take a spin in a 2005 red Porsche Carrera GT.
Then the unexpected happened.
According to a report by
San Jose Mercury News, Rodas, who was driving the Porsche with Walker in the passenger seat,
lost control of the vehicle in an industrial park. It collided into a
light pole and then crashed into a tree. The car almost immediately burst
into flames with Walker and Rodas still inside the vehicle.
Los Angeles County Fire Department officials could not save the two men.
The fire was too intense, reaching heights of around 15 or 20 feet. Some
bystanders attempted to quell the flame with fire extinguishers. One close
friend of Walker’s even attempted to pull him out of the vehicle.
But all efforts to save the two were prevented by both fire department
and police officials due to the danger.
After the two men’s deaths were confirmed, social media networks
exploded with outpourings of grief, shock, and dismay. And on December
1, more than a hundred fans of Walker and Rodas gathered at the crash
site to pay their respects.
The attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP offer their condolences
to the loved ones of the two men who lost their lives in this fatal accident.