Details continue to emerge about the fiery car crash that killed "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker and one other person.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says speed was a factor in the one-car crash in the community of Valencia. Deputies found a red Porsche engulfed in flames when they arrived Saturday afternoon.
Walker's publicist said Sunday the other person in the car was Roger Rodas, a friend of Walker's CEO of Always Evolving (a car customization shop in Santa Clarita).
The two had previously raced cars together in the Pirelli World Challenge series, and decided to take Roger's rare Porsche Carrera GT from a car show at his building to the Reach Out Worldwide charity event in LA.
Reportedly the car spun out, wrapped around a tree, and burst into flames with the two inside.
Walker's publicist said the actor was the passenger.
The Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. The downed light pole had a speed limit sign of 45 mph.
Walker was in Valencia for a fundraiser benefiting victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines.
WHO IS ROGER RODAS??
He owned a car customisation business
Rodas was the co-owner of a car customisation business in Santa Clarita, California.
Fast & Furious star Walker was named also named as a co-owner of the Always Evolving shop which describes itself as “The source for all of your automotive passions.”
He raced with Walker
Roads and Walker had raced each other in the Pirelli World Challenge Series. According to Auto Week, they raced at a number of other racing events including 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
It’s claimed Walker’s busy schedule meant he was unable to be involved as much as he would have liked.
He did a lot of charity work
They are big charity workers and were on their way to an event for Walker’s founded fundraiser Reach Out Worldwide.
The charity was part of an aid response team to help those connected to the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Rodas also did charity work for The Asomugha Foundation.
Was a petrol head but kept it green
He also owned a recycling plant in Central America and is also active in "waste to energy power plants and wind farms".
Walker previously said of their charitable efforts: “Instead of just writing a cheque, we’re seeing how much more bang for the buck we can get by giving of ourselves and spending every dollar on the cause. It gives you a lot of hope.”
He was Walker's financial adviser
It’s reported Rodas was “one of America’s top wealth management advisors” and apparently boasted an impressive list of clients in his portfolio.
His relationship with Walker was not just on a personal level but the pair turned professional as Rodas became Walker’s financial advisor, according to a Merrill Lynch profile.
The same piece writes how Rodas had worked at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America for 20 years and has been named on a list of America’s Top 1000 Financial Advisers in 2010, 2011, 2012.
His best competitive race was in Walker's Mustang
He’s had eight competitive races. In April, he crashed into a wall at a Pirelli World Challenge practice session.
So he could finish the race, Walker loaned his Ford Mustang Boss 302S and achieved his best position with a second place finish in the Pirelli Porsche Driver’s Cup Series championship in 2012.
His World Challenge profile states he was a native of El Salvador but lived in California.
Sources: Perezhilton.com mirror.co.uk and Huffingtonpost.com