Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — There is new speculation regarding what exactly caused the fiery car crash in Valencia, Calif., that killed The Fast and the Furious series star Paul Walker and a friend on Saturday.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department acknowledges it received a tip by phone suggesting another car was at the scene at the time of the crash, but it says it has not been able to track down the person who made the call. For now, it says, the investigation is focusing on speed as the primary factor in the accident.
TMZ on Monday cited unnamed law enforcement sources who said investigators were looking into tips that Walker, 40, and Roger Rodas may have been racing another car before the red Porsche Carrera GT in which they were riding struck a pole. Fast drivers have been a problem on the street where the accident occurred, according to the sheriff’s department.
Other reports raise the possibility the Porsche may have suffered a mechanical failure, but that has not been confirmed.
Autopsies on both victims are still pending. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has said dental records are needed to positively identify the victims.
Meanwhile, many actors who worked with Walker have shared their memories and expressed their condolences via social media in recent days. The Fast and the Furious franchise star Vin Diesel on Monday night posted on Facebook a photo of the two together. He quotes poet Thomas Campbell: “To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die.”
Diesel writes, “Pablo, I wish you could see the world right now… and the profound impact, your full life has had on it, on Us… on me…I will always love you Brian, as the brother you were… on and off screen.” Walker’s character in the Fast and Furious movies was Brian O’Conner.
Variety reports previous comments posted on Instagram over the weekend and attributed to Diesel were fake.
Co-star Michelle Rodriguez issued a comment earlier Monday on Twitter, writing, “I’m gonna carry this torch for you brother, with a forced smile on my face and Im gonna open my heart just cause your telling me to.”
A makeshift memorial for Walker continues to grow at the crash site, prompting police to set up traffic control. Many people have left flowers, candles and memorabilia in tribute to the late actor. Some visitors have been observed digging in the dirt at the crash site in an effort to recover pieces of the Porsche Walker was riding in when it crashed.
TMZ reports the crowds were pushed back by police for a spell Monday evening so that Walker’s family and friends could grieve privately. Afterward, at around 10:45 p.m., Diesel spoke to the surrounding crowd with the help of an LAPD squad car’s P.A. system.
“Thank you for coming down here and showing that angel up in heaven how much you appreciated him,” Diesel said.
The Walker family has asked fans that in lieu of flowers and other gifts, donations be made to the actor’s charity Reach Out Worldwide at roww.org.
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