Actor Paul Walker of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ 2001 fame was killed on Nov. 30, 2013 while riding in a Porsche Carrera GT. Word on the street is he was not driving claimed Hollywood Life. Instead, he was riding shotgun in the passenger seat. Apparently, the accident happened while he was attending a charity benefit for Reach Out Worldwide. He allegedly was giving people the opportunity to joy ride with him in an effort to use his passion for speed to raise money for victims of the terrible storm that hit the Philippines.
An official statement released by the family to entertainment news outlets like GT Spirit noted that the movie star known for working in films that involved in street racing was riding in a friend’s car when the driver suddenly lost control. The German sports car veered off the road and hit a tree, trapping both car crash victims inside the wreckage. Photos of the accident show the car then exploded into flames after colliding with the roadside object.
The Santa Clarita’s Sheriff’s Station confirmed to multiple media outlets like Hollywood Life and TMZ that the two passengers in the vehicle were pronounced dead immediately on the scene. The bodies were allegedly burned so badly that dental records had to be used to formally identify the remains of both victims in the tragedy.
There had been no official statement made by Porsche yet (at the time of this posting) but condolences are expected to be forthcoming. To date, no allegations have been made against the car company claiming that the crash (or subsequent explosion) was in any way related to faulty engineering.
GT Spirit reports, “It is unclear how the crash occurred, but the red Porsche Carrera GT slammed side-on into a tree where it burst into flames. A friend of Walker’s, Antonio Holmes revealed that witnesses attempted to douse the flames with fire extinguishers but were unsuccessful.”
As a car marquee, Porsche’s are not typically known for catching on fire. Other sports car companies like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and even Fisker have all struggled to overcome negative consumer stereotyping because several of their models have had a tendency to burn. For instance, the Ferrari 458 Italia were subjected to recall after The National Highway Traffic Safety Association noted the 458 had a tendency to burst into flames thanks to something as simple as, “special adhesive glue on the wheel arch [being] prone to melting..” says Jalopnik.
At the time of his death, Paul Walker was in the process of filming “Fast & Furious 6”. His movie credits included films like “Joy Ride” (2001), “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003), “Into The Blue” (2005), “Eight Below” (2006), “The Death and Life of Bobby Z” (2007), “The Lazarus Project” (2008), “Fast Five” (2011), “Vehicle 19” (2013), “Fast & Furious 6” (2013), and “Pawn Shop Chronicles” (2013).
The accomplished actor and noted philanthropic Motorsports enthusiast was only 40 years old. He is survived by his daughter Meadow, age 15.
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