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Officials: Walker crash not part of street race

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - While the neighborhood where "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker died in a fiery crash is known to attract street racers, law enforcement officials do not believe the Porsche he and a friend were riding in had been racing another car.

Accident investigators "have received eyewitness statements that the car involved was traveling alone at a high rate of speed," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a written statement Monday. "No eyewitness has contacted the (department) to say there was a second vehicle."

Walker and his friend and fellow fast-car enthusiast Roger Rodas died Saturday when Rodas' 2005 Porsche Carrera GT smashed into a light pole and tree, then exploded in flames. The posted limit was 45 mph.

The two had taken what was expected to be a brief drive away from a charity fundraiser and toy drive at Rodas' custom car shop in the Southern California community of Valencia, about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Walker's publicist said the action star was the passenger.

The crash happened on a street that forms an approximately 1-mile loop amid industrial office parks. It is rimmed by hills and relatively isolated from traffic, especially on weekends when the businesses are closed.

"It's well-known out here that that's a hot spot for street racers," California Highway Patrol Sgt. Rick Miler said.

Skid marks are a testament to past antics on the loop. The sheriff's department, which polices the neighborhood, said Saturday's wreck was not the first speed-related crash there, but would not reveal specifics.

Meanwhile, investigators are consulting video from security cameras, talking to eyewitnesses and analyzing physical evidence such as on-board computer data from the Porsche.

Officials have not named either person found in the car. The bodies were so badly burned by the fire that engulfed the wreck that dental records will be needed to confirm their identities.

Walker and Rodas had bonded over their shared love of fast cars.

Rodas, 38, and Walker, 40, co-owned an auto racing team named after Rodas' shop, Always Evolving. Rodas was a financial adviser as well as a professional driver who competed in 10 Pirelli World Challenge GTS races in 2013. He finished second in rookie of the year standings, circuit spokesman Dave Drimmie said.

Walker starred in all but one of the six "Fast & Furious" blockbusters. He had been on break from shooting the latest installment; Universal Pictures has not said what it plans to do with "Fast & Furious 7," currently slated for a July release.

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Peter December 03 2013 at 2:45 PM

I would like to say something about driving in generell. I'm from Germany. Believe it or not, it's completly different to drive a car over there. People get very well edjucated when it comes to driving a car ... compared to America. If you drive with 100 miles/hour on the "autobahn" (average speed is between 90 - 100 miles/hour) on the left lane, it happens that you get the lights from the car behind you, to pull over so he/she can pass you. When I see people driving here ... either they're already scared when 10 car are on the street, or they see a police car and slow down and provoke a traffic jam (these are the ones who are already happy if they can turn the steering wheel painfree) or what's even worse, they race like idiots. Sometimes I get the feeling they think they can earn a dollar more driving like this. If people can't handle a car ... they should walk or use public transportation. People don't realize that a car is a deadly weapon. You can buy a fast car but you have to know how to handle it. Driving fast doesn't mean that you are a good driver. In my oppinion : Let's start to use the direction signal ALL THE TIME and (No. 1 rule) KEEP DISTANCE. People forget these rules and are also too busy to make stupid phone calls (Famous question: What's for supper ???) or text message while driving. Guess using the phone is more important, because you have to know what's new on facebook or twitter. Just think about it next time you are on the road.

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Daryl December 03 2013 at 11:59 AM

Not much of a race car driver(Rodas) could not handle a fast car with over 800 HP. Just goes to show amateurs should not drive high power race cars. Such a waste of 2 young lives that given time would of done a lot for the world. Makes it sad. "You just can't fix stupid"

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Traci December 03 2013 at 11:50 AM

http://www.gofundme.com/keith-hoefler Please help this ohio family..In need of random acts of kindness to assist with memorial. Anything will will help. This family lost their home in Ravenna, Ohio in August and now the husband/father age 54 on November 24th ..Please help pay it forward..This is a tremendous amount of loss for one family in just 3 months..Feel free to contact me on the fund site with any questions. Thank You

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innovator14 December 03 2013 at 11:47 AM

two words -- closed course

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bds6543 December 03 2013 at 11:46 AM

As Hillary Clinton said, "What difference does it make?".. the man is dead, and there is no bringing him back, no matter what/how he died. They know how he died, in a fiery car crash, literally. Was he racing? Noone knows, and it really doesn't matter--b/c what's done is done, and it's final.

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natejustinsmom December 03 2013 at 11:34 AM

Lesson to be learned. Just because it's a fast car does not mean you have to floor it at even given time. I truly believe cars of this nature should only be owned by responsible individuals. When you decide to floor it you are not only putting your life at risk but also others.

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1 December 03 2013 at 11:30 AM

WOW, life is so very short, and to do this and place yourself in danger; then to kill ones self in such a terrible accident. May God bless.

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msega17341 December 03 2013 at 11:24 AM

How sad, to throw away your life over a STUPID THRILL.

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Dianne & Ken December 03 2013 at 11:16 AM

James Dean of the 21st Century, how sad for his family.

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Irene December 03 2013 at 11:49 AM

My exact words... What a lost for both family's, 2 lives cut short, way too soon...

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guymed03 December 03 2013 at 12:12 PM

Yes, my first thought too. Same kind of car, but no farmer involved. As it is written, so shall it be...

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bls forever December 03 2013 at 11:16 AM

death car!!!

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bds6543 December 03 2013 at 11:47 AM

No. not a death car, but death driver. Cars don't drive themself.

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