December 2nd, 2013
07:57 AM ET

Speed a Factor in Walker Crash

Actor Paul Walker, who shot to fame as star of the high-octane street racing franchise "Fast & Furious," died in a fiery car crash in Southern California on Saturday. He was 40.

Walker was in the passenger seat of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, driven by a racing team partner, that slammed into a light pole and burst into flames in an office park in the community of Valencia in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Hollywood, CNN's Nischelle Turner reports.

Walker's publicist Ame van Iden confirmed his death Saturday. The driver, identified by CNN affiliate KCAL-TV as Roger Rodus, also died.

"Thank you all for your condolences and prayers while we mourn the loss of our loved ones," read a message posted on the Facebook page for Always Forever, the high-performance car shop owned by Rodus.

Los Angeles Coroner Investigator Dana Bee told CNN on Sunday it would likely take 48 hours to officially identify the remains taken from the twisted wreckage. The families are gathering dental records for use in the identification, which is necessary because of the condition of the bodies, Bee said.

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  1. The Wankster

    I appreciate the fact that the world is mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela and Paul Walker. How about doing tributes to every service member who has given their life for their country instead of facts. This is unfair, only the famous are spotlighted and given tributes. Why is it because American's are now mostly part time patriots when something happens. I am ashamed of this country and the Media. Less than 1% of Americans now serve this country. How about doing stories on the people died in Columbine, Sandy Hook, and the recent train derailment that cost 4 lives. Why don't you all tell the stories of how these people lived. I have been in the military for over 22 years and the only thing on the media now is the bad that happens. Media outlets have sold out to sensationalistic stories so that they can get their ratings up.

    Very Respectfully,

    The Wankster

    December 6, 2013 at 7:35 am | Reply

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