Authorities have addressed the speculation that street racing was involved in the Los Angeles-area car accident Saturday that killed actor Paul Walker, releasing a statement Monday that said they believed the car was traveling alone, according to The Associated Press. "No eyewitness has contacted the (department) to say there was a second vehicle," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
The limited-edition Porsche was being driven by Roger Rodas, Walker's friend and CEO of car company Always Evolving, when it crashed into a light pole and tree at a very high speed, according to witnesses. It burst into flames that could be seen from the Always Evolving car shop, the site of the charity event that had brought Walker to the northern Los Angeles neighborhood of Valencia. TMZ is reporting that dental records were required to identify the bodies of 40-year-old Walker and 38-year-old Rodas after the explosion.
Mourners also began gathering at the crash site Monday to pay homage to the late actor, best known for the "Fast & Furious" movie franchise. Universal Studios reportedly sought a permit for sheriff's deputies to clear the area and close off streets that evening for a private service for families and those who worked on "Fast & Furious" with Walker, according to The Santa Clarity Valley Signal. A video has surfaced on Instagram of Walker's "Fast and Furious" co-star Vin Diesel thanking fans for showing support at the crash site.
The fate of the next installment in the series, "Fast & Furious 7," is unknown. Much of the movie has been filmed and shooting was set to resume Sunday in Atlanta after the Thanksgiving break. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that production has been delayed but that the film would not be scrapped.
Walker's next film, "Hours," a drama about Hurricane Katrina, will come out as planned on Dec. 13 in select cities and on Video on Demand.