His father states Paul wanted to take a break from acting. Walker had just celebrated his 40th birthday with friends and family and one fellow actor recalled his birthday celebration. One U.S. military veteran owes his fiancée’s ring to Walker, who purchased the wedding ring for the couple.
Walker’s young life ended in a fiery car crash in Southern California on Saturday. The driver, Roger Rodus, was the other fatality in the accident.
The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was driven by Rodus, Walker’s racing team partner. The car struck a light pole and immediately burst into flames, killing both Rodus and Walker.
Thousands of fans paid their respects at the site of the accident on Sunday.
Tyrese Gibson, co-star in the “Fast and Furious” films, burst into tears as he placed a yellow flower at the site of the accident.
Gibson posted his sentiments on Instagram:
My heart is hurting so bad. No one can make me believe this is real.
The U.S. soldier ran into Walker in a jewelry store in Santa Barbara, as he was shopping for a wedding ring for his fiancée. The young soldier had just returned from Iraq. A jewelry store saleswoman recalls the moment:
The groom was just back from duty in Iraq and he was going to be deployed again soon and wanted to buy a wedding ring. But he said he just couldn’t afford it. I don’t think the soldier realized how expensive those rings are. About $10,000.
The soldier and his wife to be didn’t know who Walker was.
Walker called the manager over and said ‘Put that girl’s ring on my tab.’ Walker left all of his billing info and it was a done deal. The couple was stunned. She was thrilled and could not believe someone did this.
Walker leaves behind his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow. Walker’s father stated his son was talking of taking a break from his acting career to spend more time with his daughter. Just as quickly as Walker had chosen to escape, he got an offer to do another movie.
Walker Sr. feels glad that each time he saw his son, he took the opportunity to say ‘I love you’ to his son and Walker Jr. reciprocated.
Young Walker was in the process of filming the seventh film of the “Fast and Furious” franchise. The latest addition was to be out next year.
It is unknown at this time how the film production may incorporate the death of Walker into the movie.
The families of both victims in the accident are gathering dental records to identify the remains. The dental records will be the factor in true identification of both bodies.
Speed was definitely a factor in the crash. The Porsche driven by Rodus is known to be difficult to handle, even for professionals. With a V-10, 610-hp engine, even a top driver noted the car was “scary” in terms of handling and driving.
At about 3:30 p.m., a few hundred yards from Rodus’ shop is where the accident occurred. Both Walker and Rodus had left a holiday toy drive for Walker’s charity known as “Reach Out Worldwide.” The charity event had taken place at the shop on Saturday afternoon.
Antonion Holmes attended the charity event when he saw Walker and Rodus leave to take a ride in the Porsche.
We all heard (the accident) from our location. It’s a little difficult to know what it was. Someone called it in and said it was a vehicle fire. We all ran around and jumped in cars and grabbed fire extinguishers and immediately went to the vehicle. It was engulfed in flames. There was nothing. They were trapped. Employees, friends of the shop. We tried. We tried. We went through fire extinguishers.
Fans surrounded the crash site, waiting for the bodies to be removed from the wreckage.
Walker and Rodus had planned for Saturday to be the day they would help survivors of the victims from the Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines. The car shop website announced the Charity Toy Drive and Automotive Social Gathering.
A new independent film, “Hours,” will be released on December 13 and will star Walker in the role of a father struggling to keep his newborn baby alive after Hurricane Katrina had struck New Orleans.