Paul Walker death: Driver identified
Paul Walker's business partner Roger Rodas has been identified as the man who died with the actor.
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.
CO-STARS AND CELEBRITIES PAY TRIBUTE
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,… http://t.co/nUiPPIU9Bb
- Ludacris (@Ludacris) December 1, 2013
All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.
- Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 1, 2013
Paul was pure light. I cannot believe he is gone.
- Jordana Brewster (@JordanaBrewster) December 1, 2013
A very sad day indeed. R.I.P. Paul Walker. Our prayers are with you and your family.
- Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) December 1, 2013
- Jessica Alba (@jessicaalba) December 1, 2013
Impossible to register how deeply sad it is to loose such a great man. Rest in peace Paul.
- Jason Statham (@realjstatham) December 1, 2013
I'm Heart broken Paul Walker, he was a mate of mine, very sad. My heart goes out to his daughter.
- Idris Elba (@idriselba) December 1, 2013
Heartbroken. Sending love to the Walker and Rodas families pic.twitter.com/wtwudvCXSr
- Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) December 1, 2013
Heavy heavy heart tonight. Paul Walker was a genuinely good, sweet, kind, laid back, loving person. Sending much love to his family.
- olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) December 1, 2013