(TheBlaze/AP) — New surveillance video obtained by TMZ reportedly shows the fiery car crash that killed 40-year-old Paul Walker, the star of the “Fast & Furious” movie series, and one other person in the vehicle. Though the video was taken from some distance away, the horrifying collision is somewhat visible before the car bursts into flames, sending thick smoke into the air.
Watch the video via TMZ below:
Deputies found a Porsche Carrera GT engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a collision Saturday afternoon in the community of Valencia, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed earlier this week.
Walker’s publicist Ame Van Iden confirmed the actor’s death. A statement on Walker’s Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend’s car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.
The Sheriff’s Department said that speed was a factor in the crash. There was unconfirmed speculation that drag racing may have played a role.
The Santa Clarita Valley Signal reported that the Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. The fundraiser, to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan, took place at a nearby racecar shop. Attendees rushed to put out the flames with fire extinguishers to no avail.
“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” Universal Pictures, which has released the “Fast & Furious” franchise, said in a statement. “Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the `Fast and Furious’ films, and to countless fans.”
His “Fast & Furious” co-star Vin Diesel posted a photograph of him and Walker arm-in-arm on Instagram with the message: “Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless.”
Another co-star, Tyrese Gibson, broke down in tears visiting the site of the crash over the weekend.