Moments Before Death, Paul Walker Posed With Porsche

Speed reportedly a factor in fatal crash

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 1, 2013 8:37 AM CST

(Newser) – Just 30 minutes before the fatal crash that took his life, Paul Walker posed next to the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that he was riding in when he died. TMZ has the eerie photos. The car belonged to a friend, and Perez Hilton reports that friend was a former racecar driver: Roger Rodas, CEO of a car customization shop, who had previously raced cars with Walker. The two reportedly decided to take the car from an auto show to a charity event Walker had planned; Rodas was reportedly at the wheel. Both died in the crash.

The Sheriff's Department says speed may have been a factor; the driver lost control and the car ended up wrapped around a tree before bursting into flames. The afternoon crash is still under investigation, the Los Angeles Times reports.

First responders gather evidence near the wreckage of a Porsche sports car that crashed into a light pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.
First responders gather evidence near the wreckage of a Porsche sports car that crashed into a light pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, Dan Watson)
This March 21, 2013 file photo shows actor Paul Walker.
This March 21, 2013 file photo shows actor Paul Walker.   (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
Sheriff deputies work near the wreckage of a Porsche sports car that crashed into a light pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.
Sheriff deputies work near the wreckage of a Porsche sports car that crashed into a light pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, Dan Watson)
Sheriff's deputies work near the wreckage of a Porsche that crashed into a light pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.
Sheriff's deputies work near the wreckage of a Porsche that crashed into a light pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, Dan Watson)
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