Paul Walker crash: Driver Roger Rodas was not street racing when pair died, police say
The announcement comes as fans of the Fast & Furious actor have been warned against “burning rubber” on the stretch of road where he died
Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were not racing another vehicle when they died after the Porsche Carrera GT they were in crashed and burst into flames, police have said.
Although speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash, accident investigators “have received eyewitness statements that the car involved was traveling alone at a high rate of speed,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.
“No eyewitness has contacted the (department) to say there was a second vehicle.”
The announcement comes as fans of Paul Walker have been warned by police against “burning rubber” on the stretch of road where the Fast & Furious actor died, following reports that some drivers have been performing illegal stunts in tribute to him.
“We sent deputies to the accident location this morning after we started getting reports of drivers burning rubber and spinning tires at the site,” said Santa Clarita sheriff's office spokesman Richard Cohen.
“So far I haven't had any reports of any drivers being cited or arrested... But we have deputies there to stop that behavior if it happens again.”
The crash happened on a road that forms a loop through industrial office parks, which is a known hotspot for illegal street racers, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Rick Miler said. It is rimmed by hills and relatively isolated from traffic, especially on weekends when the businesses are closed.
Skid marks cover the route as testament to past activity. The sheriff's department, which polices the neighborhood, said Saturday's incident was not the first speed-related crash there, but would not reveal specifics.
Mr Rodas and Mr Walker had been on a 20 minute drive and were on the way back to an event hosted by the Fast & Furious star’s charity, when Mr Rodas seems to have lost control of the car.
Investigators are now consulting CCTV footage, talking to witnesses and analysing physical evidence including on-board computer data from the vehicle to try and establish the exact cause of the crash.
The bodies of Mr Rodas and Mr Walker have not yet been formally identified - they were so badly burned by the fire that dental records will be needed to confirm their identities.
- 1 BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 4 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
£7 - £10 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This care provider is looking for Home ...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading web des...
£27000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A growing, successful, friendly...
£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This family owned, independent ...