Paul Walker death: Driver identified

Paul Walker's business partner Roger Rodas has been identified as the man who died with the actor.

A screen grab from a CNN report showing the wreckage of the fatal accident involving Actor Paul Walker. Picture: CNN

CALIFORNIA - Nearly two days after a horrific car crash killed actor Paul Walker, the man who was behind the steering wheel has been identified as Walker's business partner Roger Rodas.

Roger Rodas. Picture: Facebook

Rodas, 38, was the CEO of Always Evolving Performance Motors, a professional automotive body shop and racing services company, whom he partnered with Walker.

Walker, 40, was a passenger in the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT which crashed into a utility pole and burst into flames in Santa Clarita, California on Saturday afternoon.

Both men died in the horrific crash.

"Speed was a factor in the solo vehicle collision," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

Deputy Sheriff, Mark Pope, said the accident is under investigation and he did not know how fast the car was going.

In a message on its Facebook page, the company said, "Thank you all for your condolences and prayers while we mourn the loss of our loved ones."

The blond-haired, blue-eyed Walker was in five of the six Fast and the Furious films about illegal street racing and heists.

A seventh installment was in development, according to Universal, the studio behind the franchise.

Walker played law enforcement official Brian O'Conner in the movie franchise.


Walker's co-stars from previous films have begun paying tribute to the actor via social media platforms.

Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark,…

All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.

Paul was pure light. I cannot believe he is gone.

A very sad day indeed. R.I.P. Paul Walker. Our prayers are with you and your family.

#RIPPaulWalker -he was a lovely person -so sweet and grounded. My heart goes out to his family.

Impossible to register how deeply sad it is to loose such a great man. Rest in peace Paul.

I'm Heart broken Paul Walker, he was a mate of mine, very sad. My heart goes out to his daughter.

Heartbroken. Sending love to the Walker and Rodas families

Heavy heavy heart tonight. Paul Walker was a genuinely good, sweet, kind, laid back, loving person. Sending much love to his family.