A witness, described as a “motorsport professional” by The Hollywood Reporter, told the publication that something was wrong with the car prior to the deadly crash that took the lives of actor Paul Walker, 40, and Roger Rodas, 38, according to a Dec. 2, 2013 THR report.
The witness, who attended Paul’s charity event on Nov. 30 in Valencia, California, told THR that Roger was backing the Porsche Carrera GT into the garage when it began to stall, so Roger wanted to find out what the problem was, thus deciding to take it for a spin around the block.
According to the witness, “Paul said, ‘Let me go with you really quickly.’”
Roger was reportedly driving the car.
The witness told THR the only reason the two men were driving around in the vehicle was to find out what was wrong with it.
In addition, the witness noted that neither Roger nor Paul would have gone “max speed” down the street because each man had “respect for the car… They are responsible people.”
The witness told THR, not five minutes after the two had left in the Porche, someone began shouting there had been a crash. A number of people then headed to the scene of the accident with fire extinguishers to see if they could help, but by the time they arrived, emergency crews were already there and the car was ablaze.
According to THR, an autopsy on the crash victims is slated to take place on Tuesday morning.
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