Oh man, this is really sad. Paul Walker, who you probably know from the Fast & Furious franchise, has died at age 40 in a car crash. :( He was in Santa Clarita, California for a charity event for his Reach Out Worldwide organization when he went out for a spin in his friend’s 2005 Porsche Carrera GT when the car crashed and burst into flames, killing both Walker and the driver. Damn.
Speed was a factor in the crash, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said.
The wreck took place about 3:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. ET), about 300 yards from the office park where the event was held. The speed limit there is 45 mph.
Up and down the road near the crash site were burned rubber and doughnut marks as though someone smoked their tires in figure 8 patterns.
“I don’t know if the marks in the road are related to the crash,” said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Allen.
Deputies arrived at the scene to find a vehicle on fire, he said
Once fire crews put the flames out, they found two occupants, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene.
Saturday evening, all that remained was the burnt mangled metal of the red car and a light pole that had been knocked down.
The county coroner said that, given the condition of the bodies, it will take some time to definitively identify them.
Jesus, talk about some cruel irony. I was actually just watching Eight Below (shut up, it’s good and I cried like a baby) last week, and honestly that’s the first notice I ever took of Paul Walker as I’ve never seen the Fast & Furious films, so this was weird as hell to me personally, as well. It’s really a shame, though, either way.