Fans, Friends, and Loved Ones Come Together to Grieve the Deaths of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas

Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 4-Dec-2013

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.

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