Roger Rodas’ 8-year-old son reportedly was one of the people on the scene who tried to save his race car driver father and “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker from the flames that engulfed the Porsche GT Saturday in California.
Both the actor and his friend died in the car crash, and many friends and family witnessed the accident, which happened less than 500 feet from Rodas’ Santa Clarita shop, Always Evolving Performance Motors, where Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide had just held an event.
Jim Torp, a witness to the sudden and fatal accident, told the New York Daily News that Rodas’ young son tried to save his father and the movie star. “I ran over afterwards, I was trying to find Roger’s son,” Torp said.
“I found out his son had jumped the fence and gone over, he was trying to get his dad out. Paul Walker’s best friend was trying to get Paul out of the car while it was still on fire ... he was trying to save his friend ... there was nothing he could do.”
Walker, who just turned 40 in September, was a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie. Torp explained the grim parallel about the actor being a race car driver on the big screen and the horrific crash that ultimately took his life.
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"It's strange," Torp said. "(Walker) made his movies. He lived his life and he died fast and furious today. He loved speed, he loved cars, and he had to die this way. He died in a very fast car with his friend."
Walker leaves behind a daughter, Meadow Rain, 15, who had just moved to California from Hawaii to be closer to her movie star father. The teen has not spoken publicly about Walker’s passing, and a popular Facebook post, which was supposedly from Meadow, has been determined to be a hoax.
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