I love the action-packed “Fast and Furious” series of movie films and the lead characters Paul Walker and Vin Diesel of “XXX” fame. Yesterday (December 1, 2013), I was shocked when I heard the news that Paul Walker, who played the role of the undercover agent Brian O’Connor in the “Fast and Furious” movies, died in a violent, blazing car crash in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California.
When massive earthquakes devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010, Paul Walker saw the need for skilled personnel and resources in post-disaster situations. After that trip, he contacted his friends to help him in forming “Reach Out Worldwide” (ROWW) – a non-profit registered organization.
Roger Rodas 38, had met Paul Walker 40, at a race track and became his financial advisor in 2007. He helped Walker to set up ROWW, a network of committed
professionals with first responder skill-set. ROWW operates on the philosophy that “by making a difference in just one person’s life, the world has been changed for the
On November 30, 2013, around 3:30 pm PST, Paul Walker and Roger Rodas left in Rodas’ red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT after an event to raise money for “Reach Out Worldwide” to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Rodas was driving the car. Shortly after leaving, Rodas lost control and the car crashed into a light pole and a tree. Within seconds, the vehicle burst into flames. The Sheriff’s Department of Los Angeles County declared the two dead at the scene of the accident.
The local Santa Clarita Valley Signal newspaper reported that witnesses recognized Walker and one person even tried to extract him from the wreckage.
Walker had described himself on Twitter as an ‘outdoorsman, ocean addict‘, and ‘adrenaline junkie‘. He raced cars and he fearlessly executed many stunts in his own films.
The late Paul Walker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter Meadow.
- Paul Walker (en.wikipedia.org)
- Fast and Furious’ actor Paul Walker dies in car crash (deccanchronicle.com)
- ROWW – Reach Out Worldwide (roww.org)
- ‘Fast and Furious 7’ delayed after Paul Walker’s death (upi.com)
- Speed factor in crash that killed ‘Fast and Furious’ star Paul Walker (dnaindia.com)
- Paul Walker’s Daughter Expresses Sorrow on Twitter (guardianlv.com)
- Paul Walker’s Fast and Furious hits (telegraph.co.uk)
- Paul Walker ‘Wanted More Time With Daughter’ (news.sky.com)
- Speed a factor in crash that killed ‘Fast & Furious’ star Paul Walker (cnsnews.com)
- Paul Walker’s Legacy (blackiswhiteblog.wordpress.com)