Paul Walker Memorial Sunday Expected To Draw Crowd; Sheriff Offers Caution
A Paul Walker memorial scheduled for Sunday at the site of Walker’s fatal Santa Clarita crash is expected to draw thousands, based on Facebook postings.
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Car enthusiasts from across the state, as well as fans of the "Fast and the Furious" movie franchise, posted messages on a group called “Paul Walker / Roger Rodas Memorial Meet (SoCal).
The page was created by SoCal Car Meets, which is not claiming to be the creators of the memorial, just the conveyors, according to the Facebook page.
“This memorial meet belongs to all the fans...” the page reads. “It is NOT organized by us... we are just the medium that transfers the information.”
The memorial is expected to take place Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., at the site of Walker and Rodas’ fatal crash Saturday.
The address listed on the Facebook page for the crash site is 25690 Hercules St., in Valencia.
Both Rodas and Walker were in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that slammed into a tree off Hercules Street, near Kelly Johnson Parkway, in the Rye Canyon Business Park.
The car burst into flames, and both occupants were declared dead at the scene.
The two were friends, with Walker having ties to two Valencia-based car companies, Rodas the CEO of one called Always Evolving Performance.
Officials have not yet confirmed who was driving the Porsche, but that information is expected to be released once officials with the Coroner’s Department release autopsy results Wednesday.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station released a Nixle report asking those paying their respects to Walker and Rodas to obey posted traffic and parking signage.
“As the investigation continues into this tragic incident, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Deputies ask that all persons wishing to visit the site of the tragedy follow all local and state laws, including traffic laws and posted no parking signs,” the statement read. “Many people have come to the site, including news media, throughout the day and night since the collision occurred.”
Many have been parking illegally, the statement continues, and deputies warn that those who ignore signs do so at their own risk, because property managers could request to have vehicles towed if they violate “no parking” signs.
A private memorial took place Tuesday night, with Universal Studios officials obtaining permits and hiring deputies to close off the streets near the crash site.
Since Saturday’s crash, hundreds, including Walker’s movie star friends such as Vin Diesel have visited the site, paying their respects with flowers, candles and memorabilia from Walker’s most famous works, the “Fast and the Furious” movie franchise.
The movies revolve around the culture of street racing.
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