Roger Rodas has been identified as the driver of the car involved in the single car accident that killed Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker.
According to reports from an employee who asked not to be identified, Rodas co-owned Always Evolving, a car customization shop in Santa Clarita, CA with Walker. Walker also owned Hybrid Heaven, the accident occurred near the industrial park where both businesses are located. Sgt. Brian Allen of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station who was the first officer on the scene stated, “The vehicle was apparently traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control.”
“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.”
Roger Rodas allegedly lost control of the vehicle, which hit a tree and then burst into flames.
Sgt. Allen who arrived on the scene shortly after the 3:30 p.m. accident, said the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. “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.”
Rodas who turned 38 this past Halloween was a competitive racer having raced eight times in 2013. During the Pirelli World Challenge practice session in Long Beach this past April, Rodas crashed into a wall. During the race Rodas drove Paul Walker’s Ford Mustang Boss 302S. Roger Rodas saw his biggest success while racing when he won second place in the Pirelli Porsche Driver’s Cup Series championship in 2012.
Walker was most recently working on Fast and Furious 7 which was scheduled to be release July 11, 2014. Walker’s last tweet was November 29th and appears to be from the set of Fast and Furious 7.
Fast and Furious co-star Vin Diesel posted the following on his Instagram Account:
Actress Kristen Johnston had this to say about Walker on Twitter shortly after news of his death flooded timelines: ”I’m not trying to canonize the guy…but wanna know why you RARELY read articles abt [about] Paul Walker or saw him all over tabs? Cus [Because] HE HAD CLASS.” Giving further proof that Paul was a nice guy, nearly every actor, producer and movie maker on Twitter tweeted their condolences.
Paul Walker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter Meadow Walker. Paul was deeply involved in getting first responders to global disaster areas through his charity Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW). Please consider donating to his charity here: https://www.roww.org/donate
We here at TVFishbowl send our condolences to Paul and Roger’s friends and family.