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Area of Walker car crash known for street racing

First Published Dec 02 2013 01:36PM      Last Updated Dec 02 2013 03:17 pm

Los Angeles • Police say the area where "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker died in a car crash is known to attract street racers.

Walker and his friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas died in the one-car crash Saturday in the Southern California community of Valencia.

The street where the crash happened forms a loop amid commercial buildings that is isolated from traffic, especially on weekends.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Rick Miler calls the neighborhood "a hot spot for street racers."

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating, but already has said speed was a factor.

Walker’s publicist said the action star was Rodas’ passenger.



Fans of Walker continued to gather Monday at the site about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles, leaving flowers and memorabilia from the movie franchise about fast cars that made him famous.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Fans of "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker erected a makeshift memorial near the site of his fatal automobile crash, as investigators worked to determine the cause of the fiery weekend wreck that also claimed the life of his friend.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said speed was a factor in Saturday’s one-car crash, though it will take time to determine how fast the car was going.

Roger Rodas, Walker’s friend and financial adviser, also died, according to Walker’s publicist, Ame Van Iden. She said Walker was a passenger in the 2005 red Porsche Carrera GT when they drove away from a fundraiser in the community of Valencia, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Sheriff’s deputies found the car engulfed in flames when they arrived at the site of the crash, near the fundraiser at Rodas’ sport car dealership. Officials have not identified either person found in the car.

Because Walker is so closely associated with the underground culture of street racing portrayed in the popular film franchise, the accident had an eerie quality — a tragic end for a Hollywood hero of speed.

On Sunday, fans of Walker, 40, gathered to leave flowers, candles and memorabilia from the action movies. His "Fast & Furious" co-star Tyrese Gibson broke down when he visited the crash site.

"Paul is the heartbeat of this franchise and we’re gonna see to it that his energy and presence lives on forever," Gibson later posted on his Instagram account.

Sheriff’s deputy Peter Gomez said investigators were trying to determine how fast the car was traveling and what caused it to go out of control, including whether the driver was distracted or something in the road prompted him to swerve.

 

 

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