‘If one day the speed kills me, do not cry because I was smiling’ – The words of Paul Walker

Paul-Walker-Nissan-Skyline-GTR-R34-fast-furious-celebrity-cars-pictures1-750x500‘He lived his life and he died fast and furious today. He loved speed, he loved cars, and he had to die this way. He died in a very fast car with his friend,’ a friend revealed.

Investigators are still working to determine how fast the car was traveling and what caused it to lose control, Fox News reported. They will be investigating whether the driver was distracted or if he swerved to avoid something in the road.

This comes amid claims the crash may have been caused by a steering malfunction in the high-performance sports car.

Sources linked to Always Evolving – the shop co-owned by Walker and the Porsche driver Roger Rodas – told TMZ they saw evidence of a fluid burst and subsequent fluid trail before the skid marks at the accident site. They said the noticeable lack of skid marks until just before the crash site suggest the driver may have lost control of the steering. On top of that, they appear in a straight line, not in a swerve pattern as normally occurs when a driver loses control of a car. The sources also told the website that the flames spread so quickly to the front of the car reinforces their theory of a steering fluid leak. The engine of a Porsche Carrera is at the back of the vehicle.

It was also revealed today that the eight-year-old son of Rodas was one of the first to the site of the horrific car crash that claimed the lives of his father and 40-year-old Walker on Saturday. Before the flames had even died down around the Porsche Carrera GT, Rodas’s son heroically came rushing to try and pull his dad from the inferno. ‘His son had jumped the fence and gone over, he was trying to get his dad out,’ said witness Jim Torp.

The tragic detail emerged after footage surfaced of the Fast & Furious actor stepping into his friend’s ill-fated sports car just 30 minutes before the horrendous crash in which the pair lost their lives.

According to Radar Online, the crash happened so close to the charity event Walker was attending that Rodas’s son was on the scene in mere seconds. ‘There was nothing he could do,’ Torp said.

TMZ reports that the crash occurred as the friends were on their way back from a 20-minute drive. Prior to that drive, Rodas had personally taken the wheel of the vehicle after one of the former race car driver’s employees at the upscale auto shop he owned was having issues backing the car up into the garage. The vehicle reportedly kept stalling for the employee. As Rodas took control, Walker hopped in because he hadn’t yet had a chance to take a spin in the impressive sports car.

The crash occurred just yards away from the auto shop as the friends returned. The county coroner has revealed that the bodies of Walker and Rodas were so badly burned that they are currently unidentifiable.

‘There was a post-collision fire and bodies are not visually identifiable,’ said LA County deputy coroner Dana Bee. The LA County Coroner’s office has requested dental records for both victims before they can identify the bodies. Autopsies on both bodies have been delayed until later this week, reports TMZ.

Walker, who appeared in six of the seven films about illegal street racing and heists, had been at an event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide before deciding to take the car, a cherry-red Porsche, out for a drive with his friend.

The wreck took place about 3.30pm, about 300 yards from the office park where the event was held – and where the speed limit is 45mph. Guests rushed to put out the flames with fire extinguishers but the fireball had already engulfed the car. Deputies arrived to find a vehicle on fire and, once fire crews put the flames out, they found two occupants. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

TMZ also reports that Walker’s childhood friend Nute was one of the first to reach the scene with a fire extinguisher and tried desperately to put out the flames despite seeing quite clearly that the crash was not survivable.

Fellow co-star and rapper Tyrese Gibson broke down in tears when he attended the crash scene, less than 24 hours after Walker was killed. Everyone around him fell silent as the rapper laid two flowers where his friend died.

Tyrese also took a piece of the wreckage home and posted a photo of it online. He wrote: ‘I will keep your energy with me forever #AshesOfAnAngel fast family around the world, we live you and we love you. Paul is the heartbeat of this franchise and we’re gonna see it that his energy presence lives on forever #myhearthurtssobad’

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  1. Yemie

     /  December 2, 2013

    *Sighs*, and I thought I’d heard the last of this. So he had a premonition he’d die on the fast lane, literally. Well Paul, if you’re smiling now; which I doubt, it aint funny.

    Am just visualizing that poor 8yr old kid, ‘scaling’ a fence and trying to save his dad from the rampaging inferno. That baby’s scarred for life, his pops-man died right before his very eyes. If they were at top speed, that was fool hardy. Speed kills, and everyone knows that. No use crying over spilt milk now, what’s done is done. May God heal their families and friends, especially their young kids.

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  2. And Tyrese broke down in tears, dropped 2 flowers and then took a piece of the wreckage home….

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