Yesterday we learned the very sad and very tragic news that actor Paul Walker and a friend were killed in a fiery car accident after the pair attended a charity event in Santa Clarita, CA earlier in the day. Today we learn more news about the accident that, sadly, adds to the tragic nature of the way these two men died. According to TMZ, the autopsies of the bodies have to be delayed because of the severe damage done in the accident. Additionally, the identity of Paul‘s friend (the driver of the car) who also died in the accident has been revealed. It is a very sad day for the family and friends of these two men and for countless fans the world over.
Paul Walker’s body was burned so badly the coroner needs his dental records to identify the body … TMZ has learned. A rep for the L.A. County Coroner tells us … the bodies of Paul and his friend/business partner are currently unidentifiable and their autopsies will be delayed until later this week. We’re told the coroner is waiting on both sets of dental records before proceeding … The two joined forces to create the “Reach Out World Wide” Foundation to help disaster relief in other countries — and as we first reported … the group was behind yesterday’s fundraiser for typhoon relief in Santa Clarita.
According to reports, the man behind the wheel in yesterday’s accident was 38 year old Roger Rodas, Paul‘s friend of nearly 10 years:
The driver of the car involved in Saturday’s fatal crash, which killed Hollywood actor Paul Walker, has been named as former race car driver Roger Rodas – according to a Santa Clarita radio station. The pair met when they raced cars together at the Pirelli World Challenge, and Rodas later became Paul’s business partner and financial adviser. Roger was the CEO of Always Evolving, a car customisation shop, where Saturday’s charity event was being held. Walker was in the passenger seat of a friend’s red Porsche GT on his way to a charity event when the driver lost control. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department confirmed when officers arrived at the scene, they found the vehicle had gone up in flames and two people were pronounced dead.
This photo was posted on Twitter that shows Paul standing next to the red Porsche GT that was involved in yesterday’s fatal accident, taken just hours before his death:
— Victor Mosqueda (@VicMosqueda) December 1, 2013
Everything about this tragedy is just so incredibly sad. Two friends who worked together for the betterment of others are killed after a charity event near to both of them as they shared their mutual love for fast cars. I cannot imagine the pain and suffering that the Walker and Rodas families are enduring right now but it is my sincere hope that they are able to find the strength to endure. Again, my thoughts and prayers go out to the surviving family and friends of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas.