Paul Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, who lost their lives in a car crash on Saturday were reportedly “not driving recklessly”.
The 40-year-old “Fast & The Furious” star passed away when the red Porsche Carrera GT, in which he was a passenger in with Roger Rodas, collided with a tree during a car show to raise money for victims of natural disasters.
Walker and others were there to raise funds for victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines and tornado in Indiana.
Jim Torp, who attended the event and knew Roger, stated he didn’t believe the two men were driving dangerously.
He said, “Roger was definitely behind the wheel. Roger slowly drove it out – he didn’t take off recklessly. There were children around, after all. They were only gone for five or ten minutes and never came back.”
Torp adds, “It was clear the car had hit two trees then finally hit a street lamppost. Parts of the car were strewn everywhere on the street, as far as 150 feet. I didn’t see any skid marks. Where the car had crashed was on a long straightaway. How fast they were going, I don’t know. Roger was not a reckless guy. He was a family man. He has a wife and two young children. He never did anything careless.”
A statement by the Los Angeles County sheriff’s previously suggested that “speed was a factor” in the fatal crash, but Lt. John Rush of the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station later clarified the statement.
Rush said, “It looks like speed could’ve been a factor, but we haven’t made an official determination for the cause of the accident, which will take some time.”
Paul is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow, who is “very upset” and was said to be present at the fundraiser. Meadow Rain paid tribute to her father on Facebook, writing, “When I was little he taught me to walk, taught me to smile, and taught me to never give up. I loved him even before I knew what love was. He was my hero. My REAL life hero! He will always be in my heart! It brings tears to my eyes as I write this. You’re gone, but not forgotten! R.I.P Dad!”
Tech entrepreneur and author Bill Townsend posted this picture of himself with Paul Walker taken hours before the actor’s tragic death in a car accident in California.
Bill Townsend attended the fundraiser, saying of Paul, “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.”
Paul Walker’s girlfriend, Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, 23, is obviously devastated over his death as the couple were hoping for a future together.
She has reportedly been dating Walker since 2006 when she was just 16 and he was 33.
Jasmine’s uncle Barton Bruner said, “Paul was a really good guy and Jasmine is broken up by this. I went to Thanksgiving with him, played golf with him. They had their ups and downs but they were together and looking to spend a bright future together. This is horrible news and unexpected. Her mother is with her and she is comforting her”.
Leading the tributes on Saturday night was long time friend Vin Diesel, who revealed his shock following news of his friend’s passing.
Ludacris also paid tribute to his friend, writing, “Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers & our birthdays are only 1 day apart, now You will forever hold a place in all of our hearts @paulwalker legacy will live on forever. R.I.P”.
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