The real Fast & Furious: Paul Walker ‘was in a STREET RACE when he died in fireball crash’, as parents tell of family’s heartache
- Police are now probing whether the supercar was racing at the time of fatal crash
- The driver of the vehicle was former race car driver Roger Rodas, Paul Walker’s friend and financial adviser
- Father Paul Walker Snr has paid tribute to his son: ‘His heart was so big. I was proud of him every day of his life.’
- The 40-year-old starred in five of the six Fast & Furious films about illegal street racing and heists
- A teaser leaked online for the franchise’s latest DVD chillingly includes Walker’s co-star Tyrese Gibson saying the line: ‘Promise me, no more funerals’, before Walker replies: ‘Just one more.’
- Walker leaves behind daughter, Meadow, 15, and long-term girlfriend Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell, 23
- Officials confirm speed WAS a factor in the crash as sources say a steering-fluid leak may have also caused the driver to lose steering
The supercar that actor Paul Walker was in when he died was racing another vehicle at speeds of more than 100mph when the fatal crash occurred, witnesses claim.
Police are investigating tip-offs from possible witnesses that the Porsche’s owner Roger Rodas, who also perished in the crash, was in the middle of a street race at the time, TMZ reports.
Other reports today claim the former Pirelli World Challenge race car driver was going 100mph just moments before the crash despite traveling through a 45mph zone.
‘Though the investigation is in its early stages, investigators from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department believe the Porsche was going over 100 mph,’ a source close to the investigation told Radar.
Detectives are now appealing for anyone who may have video of the car to come forward.
Horror crash: First responders gather evidence near the wreckage of a Porsche sports car that crashed into a light pole on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia on Saturday, November 30, killing actor Paul Walker
It is understood the fatal incident took place in an area popular with street racers.
The new twist in the case comes as Paul Walker Snr, the Fast & Furious film actor’s father, paid an emotional tribute to his son, saying: ‘His heart was so big. I was proud of him every day of his life.’
Choking on his tears, Mr Walker told website JustJared: ‘I’m just glad, that every time I saw him, I told him I loved him. And he would say the same thing to me.’
Describing how friends and relatives had rallied around to support the family in their time of grief, he added: ‘You can’t beat friends at a time like this. His brothers are all taking it pretty hard.’
Mr Walker also told how his son had been determined to cut back on filming commitments to spend more time with his daughter just before he died.
He said: ‘He told me “I want to take a hiatus”, his daughter Meadow is just 15 and “I don’t have much more time to be with her” and then boom, he got another movie. He would say, “I don’t know what to do.”
Heartbroken: Paul Walker’s father, Paul Walker Senior paid tribute to his son today as family members joined fans to mourn at the makeshift memorial at the crash site
Today co-star Tyrese Gibson wept as he visited the crash site to lay flowers. Hundreds of fans have turned the site into a makeshift shrine.
Meanwhile, a haunting clip of tragic actor Paul Walker promising there would be ‘just one more’ funeral in the next Fast & Furious film was leaked online just three days before he died in the smash.
In the teaser scene, from Fast & Furious 7 but released as an extra on the DVD and Blu-ray versions of Fast & Furious 6, Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, makes the remark to co-star Tyrese Gibson’s character, Roman Pierce, at the funeral of Han and Gisele.
Standing in the graveyard, Gibson turns to Walker and says: ‘Promise me Brian, no more funerals.’
‘Just one more,’ responds Walker, a reference to Jason Statham’s villainous character Ian Shaw.