Paul Walker, of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, was reportedly the occupant of a single-car crash that killed two people, including himself, in Santa Clarita on Saturday.
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Deputies with the Traffic Unit of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to a fatal single-car crash on the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop Road.
The crash took place approximately 3:30 p.m.
The vehicle was traveling eastbound, just west of Constellation Road, in the industrial park, when the driver lost control, apparently at a high rate of speed, said Sgt. Brian Allen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Speed is possibly a factor in the crash, said Allen, who was first on the scene. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
“We just know that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed,” Allen said. “Between the skid marks and the damage to the vehicle, it appears as though the vehicle was traveling at a very significant rate of speed.”
A man who worked for one of two Valencia-based companies owned by the movie star said Walker was in the car with Roger Rodas, CEO of Always Evolving, a performance shop for high end vehicles.
The employee asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to give a statement.
Walker was in the Santa Clarita Valley to promote a charity giveaway for his nonprofit, Reach Out Worldwide.
“It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide,” read a statement on his Facebook page. “He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives.”
The driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle, which hit a tree and then burst into flames.
The vehicle was fully engulfed when Allen arrived on scene, shortly after 3:30 p.m. There were individuals who were trying to put out the flames with hand-held fire extinguishers, however the fire was too intense, Allen said.
“With a fire like that, that’s just not going to happen,” Allen said. “The heat is just too much.”
Both occupants were declared dead at the scene by emergency personnel with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Officials have not confirmed reports on the identity of the driver or the passenger at this time, referring all inquiries to the Headquarters Bureau of the Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Walker owns two businesses in Valencia, Always Evolving and Hybrid Haven.
The offices for the businesses were near the scene of the crash.
“All that we know is that there were two fatalities,” said Deputy Alvarez of the Sheriff’s Department headquarters downtown. “The investigation is being handled by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s traffic detail.”
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