It’s been three days now since the gorgeous and talented Paul Walker, one of the stars in The Fast and the Furious movie franchise died, along with the driver of the car, 38-year-old Roger Rodas in a fiery crash. However, investigators said it may still take a while before they find out just how fast the car they were in was going before it crashed.
Walker, 40, and his friend, Rodas, took the 2005 red Porsche Carrera GT out for a spin Saturday afternoon about 3:30 p.m. in Santa Clarita, CA as a charity event was winding down. The event was held in support of Walker’s organization Reach Out Worldwide. They were raising goods and funds to benefit the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
On Sunday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department continued to investigate the single-car crash, but the agency is keeping quiet when it comes to naming a possible cause, however, many speculate that speed may have been a factor in the crash. Walker wasn’t driving.
The accident happened on Hercules Street, a normally quiet road with a 45-mph speed limit, however, there are also warning signs in the area warning drivers to slow down on the hilly four lane road.
The crash that killed the beloved star and his buddy was so bad, the Los Angeles Times reports there was a burned smell lingered in the air for a couple of days. The car, which hit a tree, toppled it and a concrete lamp post before bursting into flames, according to ABC News.
Because of the condition of the bodies, which were badly burned, dental records will be used to positively identify Walker and his friend.
As it would be, the death of Paul Walker was an absolute shock to his family (he leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter named Meadow Rain Walker), fans and friends. Which is why many of his famous friends took to social media to express their grief.
Vin Diesel, Walker’s friend and co-star in the The Fast and the Furious movies tweeted…“Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace.“
Rapper and Actor T.I. wrote, “I’m shocked & saddened to find that the world has lost such a great spirited person. Paul Walker was not only a passionate, talented actor, he was also a sincere man with a genuine personality, that filled a room immediately upon introduction. My family’s hearts & prayers is extended to his family, especially his daughter. He will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace. #RIPPAULWALKER”
While Alyssa Milano, whom he worked with on Who’s The Boss tweeted, “No, @RealPaulWalker. No. No. No. Rest with the angels. You. Sweet boy. #beauty #love #RIP”
Carson Daly wrote, “Sick about the tragic loss of #PaulWalker. I enjoyed our time together very much. Such a really nice guy. Prayers to his family and friends.”
Rapper/actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, who’s also a co-star in the film tweeted, “Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark,” and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, another co-star and friend wrote, “All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.”
As friends, family and celebrities send their condolences and say good-bye to the man with eyes the color of crystal blue springs, fans and analysts can’t help but to wonder what will come of his most famous movie franchise. Before Walker’s death, The Fast and the Furious 7 was set to be released in July of 2014.
However, we can’t help but wonder, can the series move forward after such an intricate player in the movie dies? Especially, when that player killed in an act of what seems like, ‘life imitating art.’
This is a tough one because on one hand, you can’t help but feeling, NOOOOO…. the movie shouldn’t go on. For many it’s just a little weird to finish this movie when we know Walker wasn’t done shooting scenes for it, so obviously there’s a loose end that will need to be tied up; and let’s face it, the last thing we as fans of the movie want to see is our sweet Paul Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor die or be killed off in the movie after he has passed away in real life.
However, on the other hand, knowing how much Paul Walker has talked about how he loves this franchise, we also can’t help but to think having the movie go on is just what he would’ve wanted. Some would even say it’s the best way to honor him and his memory.
Yeah, this is definitely a tough debate and at this point we’re not sure if there is a right or wrong answer. In the end, we know that everyone will figure out what’s right. In the meantime, Universal Pictures hasn’t announced any changes in the seventh Fast & Furious installment, but they are expressing what a horrible loss it was to lose Paul.
“Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast & Furious films, and to countless fans,” the studio said.
Since the original Fast and the Furious film hit screens back on June 22, 2001, six installments – five of which starred Walker – have made more than $937 million domestically and more than $2.3 billion worldwide.