“Here is what I came across on my Facebook page last night as I had been a FB friend & Like of “Actor, Paul Walker”…….
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. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. – #TeamPW
*NEEDLESS TO SAY I WAS HEART BROKEN*……..
Here are a few stories that are around the web this morning as many of his friends, family, and many who are as “Shocked & Sad” as I am Today. Paul was only 40 years old……..”Another Gone To Soon”……
Actor Paul Walker, who gained fame as an undercover detective in the hugely successful “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, was killed Saturday in a car accident in Valencia, his representatives confirmed.
The single vehicle crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop. Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station and the Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived to find a vehicle engulfed in flames. Two people in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.
Photos: Paul Walker, 1973-2013The cause of the accident is under investigation, said sheriff’s Deputy Kim Manatt.
According to a statement on his Twitter account, Walker, 40, was attending a charity event to aid Filipino victims of Typhoon Haiyan for his organization Reach Out Worldwide, formed in 2010 as a quick response first-aid organization.
“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,” the statement read. “He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news.”
Officials with the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said they were still at the scene and could not confirm the names of either victim.
Representatives with Universal Pictures confirmed Walker’s identity and released a statement:
“All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the ‘Fast and Furious’ films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”
At the time of his death, Walker, who also starred in “Pleasantville” and “Varsity Blues,” was working on the seventh film of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
*Another Story from the area the accident happened, Santa Clarita*
*The wreckage of a Porsche sports car that crashed into a light standard on Hercules Street in the Rye Canyon Industrial Park in Valencia on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson*….
Two people were killed Saturday afternoon when a Porsche sports car crashed and burst into flames in Valencia, and the passenger was actor Paul Walker, his publicist confirmed to the Associated Press
“Sadly I have to confirm that Paul Walker did pass away this afternoon,” said Ame Van Iden, Walker’s publicist.
The single-car crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Hercules Street near Constellation Road in the Rye Canyon Business Park, fire officials said.
The red Porsche was reduced to unrecognizable twisted metal in the single-car crash.
Sheriff’s Department officials did not confirm that the actor was killed in the crash, saying the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office would determine the victims’ identities and causes of death. The coroner’s office could not be reached for comment late Saturday.
Spectators gathered at the scene, and several said the passenger was the star of “The Fast and the Furious” series of films. One witness at the scene said he tried to put the fire out and recognized Walker inside the vehicle.
“Him and his buddy, his brother in arms at heart just decided to joyride, take a spin. Something we all do. We’re all car enthusiasts. … We’re all here driving, enjoying each other, and God must’ve needed help,” said Antonio Holmes, who said he was a friend of Walker.
“We all heard from our location (the accident). It’s a little difficult to know what it was. Someone called it in and said it was a vehicle fire.
“We all ran around and jumped in cars and grabbed fire extinguishers and immediately went to the vehicle. It was engulfed in flames. There was nothing. They were trapped. Employees, friends of the shop. We tried. We tried. We went through fire extinguishers.”
Walker, 40, is said to have business ties to Always Evolving Performance Motors, located down Constellation Road from the scene of the crash. Always Evolving hosted a toy drive and car meet on Saturday.
Holmes said Walker was at the event supporting the cause, and the driver of the vehicle also had ties to the business.
Another witness said he saw Walker and the driver leave Always Evolving Performance Motors minutes before the crash.
“When we saw Paul and Roger leave, Paul was the passenger in the vehicle. They both were experienced drivers.
This was just a tragic accident that happened on a joyride,” said Jim Torp of Santa Clarita.
“At the conclusion of the accident the vehicle struck a light standard and the whole car was burned,” a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman said. The two occupants of the vehicle were unable to get out in time, he said.
A sheriff’s deputy at the scene said the Porsche driver appeared to have lost control of the car, which hit a tree.
Both a tree and a light standard were downed at the scene.
Spectators gathered at the crash site as the afternoon darkened into evening, held back from going too close by yellow caution tape.”
*I truly feel in my *HEART* the only way to but this “Tragedy” into perspective, is like one of the spectators said, “God must have needed Paul’s help today”…….I think I’ll chose to think of it this way. My thoughts, prayers, and love go out to his *Family, Friends, and Paul’s *Universal Pictures* friends & family. A very sad and tragic end to Paul’s Life. Just Remember This, “He was doing something GOOD for others at the time of his passing”*…….That’s what’s *IMPORTANT*……
*Thoughts, Love, and Prayers to *ROGER RODAS’S* Family and Friends, the driver of the car who passed along side Paul Walker. Here is more about Roger Rodas*…….
About Roger Rodas…..
He owned a car customisation business
Rodas was the co-owner of a car customisation business in Santa Clarita, California.
Fast & Furious star Walker was named also named as a co-owner of the Always Evolving shop which describes itself as “The source for all of your automotive passions.”
He raced with Walker
Roads and Walker had raced each other in the Pirelli World Challenge Series. According to Auto Week, they raced at a number of other racing events including 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
It’s claimed Walker’s busy schedule meant he was unable to be involved as much as he would have liked.
He did a lot of charity work
They are big charity workers and were on their way to an event for Walker’s founded fundraiser Reach Out Worldwide.
The charity was part of an aid response team to help those connected to the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Rodas also did charity work for The Asomugha Foundation.
*ABOUT REACH OUT WORLD WIDE ORGANIZATION*
Paul Walker & Roger Rodas…..
Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW) – consisting of skilled volunteers – is a non-profit registered 501(c)3 organization. While part of a relief team responding to the massive earthquakes that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010; Actor/Producer Paul Walker saw a gap between the availability of skilled resources and the requirement for such personnel in post-disaster situations. Following the trip he contacted a group of his friends to assist him in forming ROWW with the purpose of filling this unmet need.
ROWW is a network of committed professionals with first responder skill-set (including project management, logistics, heavy equipment operation, EMT, paramedic, firefighting, and healthcare, etc). The volunteers provide their expertise when disasters strike and augment local resources with the goal of accelerating relief efforts on a worldwide basis. ROWW has developed Standard Operating Procedures that facilitate arriving quickly, clearing access, providing basic necessities and medical assistance to ease the survivors’ pain and bringing hope in the bleakest of circumstances.
ROWW operates on the philosophy that by making a difference in just one person’s life, the world has been changed for the better.
*I have made support Donations for his cause many times, as they do great work for many in need…… *Donating Today* http://www.roww.org/donate/
The Rodas Group
Roger spent much of his early career racing Porsche GT3 Cup race cars in the Porsche Owner’s Club and other amateur race series. Recently he raced in the Pirelli Porsche Driver’s Cup Series, where he took two first place finishes, six podiums, and finished second overall in the driver’s championship points. For 2013, Roger is taking the next step forward campaigning a Ford Racing Boss 302S Mustang in the Pirelli World Challenge Sportscar Championship Series. No stranger to the fabled pony car, his personal collection consists of a wide assortment of limited production Saleen and Shelby Mustangs. His collection has become the heart of Always Evolving, a Southern California based operation that provides buys and sells luxury and performance cars, offers performance car builds full-service race preparation and team management.
R.I.P ~~ Roger Rodas
GOD BLESS ALL,
Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon XoXo