A Tribute to Paul Walker was posted on YouTube Wednesday night and already has more than a million views.
Walker, known for starrring in the "Fast & Furious" movies, died from a combination of traumatic injuries and burns after the Porshe Carrera GT he was riding in crashed into a light pole and erupted in flames, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office ruled Wednesday.
Roger Rodas, 38, Walker's financial adviser and friend, was behind the wheel of the high-performance 2005 Porsche when it crashed Saturday in Santa Clarita. Rodas was killed by the impact alone, a medical examiner concluded.
Walker drove the official pace car and served as grand marshal for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in June 2011. Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach rode in the passenger seat of the pace car that day.
A security camera that captured a distant view of the crash shows smoke and flames billowing from the 605-horsepower super car about a minute after it struck a light pole and trees on Hercules Street. But the preliminary report from the coroner’s office suggested neither man was likely alive by that point.
The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, but a preliminary investigation indicates “speed was a factor,” Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker reiterated Wednesday.
When Walker, 40, died suddenly Saturday, he and the cast of “Fast & Furious 7” were on a brief Thanksgiving break from filming in Atlanta. Universal Pictures on Wednesday officially put the film on hiatus. The film was to include scenes filmed on Pikes Peak in September.
Walker's family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul's charity Reach Out Worldwide.