According to the statement put out by Walker’s team and also posted on Facebook, the actor was “attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car.
“We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news,” the statement continued. “Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences.”
The identity of the second victim, a male, has not been released by authorities; but numerous reports have identified the driver as Roger Rodas, the owner of Walker’s auto-racing team, Always Evolving.
According to witnesses, Walker and pal were driving in a red Porsche Carrera GT carrying Walker and his friend lost control and slammed into a tree and then a light pole. Walker, had been participating in the “Winter Drive” for Reach Out Worldwide, a toy drive and car meet charity event for disadvantaged children.
“Speed was a factor in the solo vehicle collision,” the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said in a updated statement late Saturday.
Earlier, the sheriff’s department and county coroner confirmed that two people were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, around 3:30 p.m. PT.
“When deputies arrived, they found the vehicle engulfed in flames. The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded, extinguished the fire and subsequently located two victims inside the vehicle,” Sheriff’s Deputy Kim Manatt said in a statement. “The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the collision is under investigation.”