Paul Walker Fatal Crash Driver Identified as Car Company CEO Roger Rodas, Speed Was A Factor (PHOTOS)
The driver in the fatal crash that killed Paul Walker has been identified as Roger Rodas. According to local reports, Rodas was the CEO of Always Evolving, an automotive company, and the pair was traveling in his 2005 Porsche Carrera GT when control was lost and they struck a tree. Walker, a car aficionado, was reportedly one of Always Evolving’s owners, and Rodas himself was a former race car driver.
In a statement, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said, “When they arrived, deputies found the vehicle engulfed in flames. The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded, extinguished the fire and subsequently located two victims inside the vehicle. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene.” While it’s already been determined that speed was a factor in the accident, the department further noted, “The cause of the collision is under investigation by traffic investigators with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.”
“The Office of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner will determine the identities and the cause of death of the victims,” adds the statement. Autopsies have reportedly been delayed until the coroner can obtain dental records to help identify the bodies, which were badly burned in the collision.
The crash reportedly occurred in the midst of charity event for Walker’s philanthropic organization, Reach Out Worldwide. Actor Scott Baio, a friend of Rodas, posted the tribute photo below, and wrote, “Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with thee. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now & at the hour of our death. Amen RIP Roger.” Walker himself posted a photo with Rodas on his Facebook page in 2010 — see below — with the above picture shared on the Always Evolving page. Rodas, 38, reportedly leaves behind a wife and two children. Gossip Cop will continue to have updates.