Paul Walker's fans rally at California crash site

'Fast and Furious' star remembered with car cruise

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Juan Coscarart is such a big fan of "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker that he spent four years building a replica of the 1994 Toyota Supra that Mr. Walker drove in the first film in the popular series.

"Anybody who knows anything about cars piles around it," Mr. Coscarart, 31, said of his vehicle. "The car is a celebrity in itself."

He was among hundreds of fans who attended a memorial rally and car cruise Sunday at the site in the Valencia section of Santa Clarita where Mr. Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were killed in a car crash Nov. 30.

"These people have touched so many people in their lives," he said. "These people were unique."

Fans lined up near a makeshift memorial that includes hundreds of bouquets of flowers placed along the spot where Mr. Walker and Mr. Rodas were killed on Hercules Street. Some wore T-shirts with photos of Mr. Walker and his co-stars.

Down the hill, in the parking lot of the North Park Community Church, fans climbed on a ladder to sign a large canvas -- with photos of Mr. Walker and Mr. Rodas -- stretched over the side of a big-rig trailer.

Mr. Walker, 40, and Mr. Rodas, 38, were killed when Mr. Rodas crashed his 2005 Porsche Carrera GT into a pole and a tree near Kelly Johnson Parkway.

Mr. Walker was a passenger in the vehicle.

The two had decided to go for a ride in the 600-horsepower car after attending a charity event sponsored by Reach Out Worldwide, Mr. Walker's nonprofit organization that provides assistance for disaster victims around the globe.

Mr. Walker died from a combination of injuries and burns suffered in the crash, according to coroner's officials. Mr. Rodas' death was the result of "multiple traumatic injuries."

Sheriff's officials said speed was a factor in the crash, but there was no evidence the pair were involved in a street race.

Investigators are still trying to determine exactly what caused the crash and whether there was possible mechanical failure, causing Mr. Rodas to lose control.

The results of toxicology tests are not expected for six to eight weeks.


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