A video of what appears to be the aftermath of the deadly Southern California crash that killed actor Paul Walker has been making its way around the Internet Sunday. The footage has popped up on Facebook, YouTube and Live Leak, among other places.
The alleged crash video, apparently at the site of Paul Walker’s tragic and untimely death, shows a car engulfed in flames and spewing black smoke into the air. As debris litters the street near the accident, horrified passersby stop to inspect the crash, some of them questioning whether or not someone is inside the mangled vehicle.
“I can't tell if there is someone in there," one witness is heard exclaiming over the footage. Another bystander warns that the car “might blow up.” Someone else asks if there’s a fire hose nearby.
The footage appears to be of the location where at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 40-year-old “Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker collided with a light pole while sitting the passenger seat of a red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. The car slammed into the pole in an office park in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Hollywood, Calif., just a few hundred yards from where Walker had just left an event for his charity, Reach Out WorldWide.
"We all heard from our location," Antonio Holmes, who attended the charity event, told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal newspaper. "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."
The driver of the Porsche, Roger Rodus, was also killed in the tragic accident, according to CNN. Authorities say speed was probably a factor in the deadly crash.
The apparent Paul Walker crash video shows what looks like the immediate aftermath of the fiery collision. There are no law enforcement, paramedics or fire department on the scene. The only people in the video are a handful of other drivers, some of whom get out of their cars to see if they can spot someone among the wreckage.
Some have wondered if the seventh installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise, which was in the midst of getting filmed at the time of the actor's death, will continue shooting. According to Hollywood Reporter, the cast, including Walker, who played Brian O'Conner, was scheduled to resume filming the big-budget movie in Atlanta on Sunday. Additional scenes were scheduled to be filmed in Abu Dhabi.
"All of us at Universal are heartbroken," a studio spokesperson said in a statement Saturday night. "Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul's family."
Hollywood Reporter said that inside sources told them that the film, a large part of which was already shot, will not be abandoned entirely.
Paul Walker’s death came as a shock to millions around the globe. The 40-year-old actor is survived by his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow Rain Walker.
“When I was little he taught me to walk, taught me to smile, and taught me to never give up,” Meadow Walker said of her father on Facebook. “I love him even before I knew what love was. He was my hero. My REAL life hero! He will always be in my heart! It brings tears in my eyes as I write this. You're gone, but not forgotten! R.I.P Dad!"
Here’s the alleged Paul Walker car crash video, uploaded to YouTube, showing the aftermath of the collision.
Philip Ross joined IBTimes in March 2013. He holds an M.A. in Journalism from New York University and a B.A. in International Development Studies from the University of...