Walker was killed in a single-car crash in Santa Clara, where he reportedly took part in a car show to benefit relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan. Sources in the Los Angeles County Fire Department said that Walker was riding in his new red Porsche GT when the crash happened.
The car immediately went up in flames, killing Paul Walker and an unidentified second person. A small crowd gathered at the scene, which was in the Rye Business Park district of Santa Clara, with many of them taking pictures and video of the wreck.
Some of the spectators tried to pull the people from the burning car, reportedly recognizing Walker.
“We all ran around and jumped in cars and grabbed fire extinguishers and immediately went to the vehicle,” Antonio Holmes, a friend of Walker, told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal. “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.”
It has not been determined if Paul Walker was behind the wheel when the car crashed, with some reports saying he was a passenger and others that he was driving.
While police are still sorting out the details, photos and video of the Paul Walker car crash have begun to filter out. The photos showed a chaotic scene, with firefighters racing to tend to the burning wreckage.
YouTube user ChiMotorTrend has also uploaded video claiming to be the Paul Walker car crash. Though there was no independent verification, the street and appearance of the wreckage in the video does match pictures of the wreck.
Before the Paul Walker car crash photos and video hit the internet, the car club he was connected to had released an Instagram photo of the Porsche GT.