As is so often the case these days, the moment of truth was caught on video.
A security camera across the corner from the accident site captured long-view footage of the spot where the car crash that killed Paul Walker and friend and business partner Roger Rodas occurred, as well as the resulting commotion and rescue efforts as emergency personnel and other cars arrived at the scene.
In the footage provided by VITEK Industrial Video Products Headquarters, edited here for time, about a minute elapses between the car hitting a light post, which then fell over, and the moment when smoke started to rise from the site.
Police cars begin pulling up as the smoke grows steadily darker and starts billowing higher. Authorities have said that the bodies inside the Porsche were burned beyond recognition by the time firefighters were able to get to them after extinguishing the blaze.
Paul and his Family – Splash News
Walker Sr. remembers the Fast and Furious star for his compassion as well as his desire to treat all others equally despite his movie star status.
“He had a way when he talked to me that conveyed that he loved me a great deal,” Paul Walker Sr. shared. “I don’t ever remember having an argument with my son. He was kind, he was really a kind person. And he wanted people to get along with each other.”
“I keep hearing that Paul would say to one of the castmembers on the film that they were doing now, Paul said to them, ‘Look you’re not here, you’re not there, you’re not there, we’re all here, everybody in the cast, we’re all equal,'” he said, gesturing with his hands.
And how is he coping?
“Really tough,” he admitted. “My two sons, stayed here. The daughters are at my wife’s house. It’s hard.”
And despite Walker Sr.’s best attempts to stay strong, he admits he has moments where he’s overcome with sadness.
“Every now and then I’ll really break down. Talking really seems to help…there’s just such a tremendous amount of stories,” he shared. “I was just told that my son gave a marine a diamond ring to give to a gal he was going to marry. I never heard that story. He did stuff like that all the time,” he added with pride in his voice.
“Paul never made a spectacle of his relief efforts nor did he want any media/tabloid attention,” a second insider says. “There is so much to say about a man who unconditionally loved his family and friends as well as people whom he did not know. He was such a modest/giving person.”
The insider adds, “November 30 marks a tragic lost of an actor/father/son/brother/friend.”
Paul Walker Death – Splash News
Fans, friends and colleagues have taken to Twitter as they try to wrap their head around the shocking news.
Ludacris “Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers & our birthdays are only 1 day apart, now You will forever hold a place in all of our hearts @paulwalker legacy will live on forever. R.I.P.“
Tyrese: “My heart is hurting so bad no one can make me believe this is real Father God I pray that you send clarity over this cause I just don’t understand My heart hurts it’s broken no one can convince me that this is real…. Prayer warriors please pray real hard for his only child, his daughter and family…#HeartOfAnAngel13YrsFamilyForeverWeJustCelebreatedYour40thBirthday….. My God… My God… I can’t believe I’m writing this”
Michelle Rodriguez: “I’m gonna carry this torch for you brother, with a forced smile on my face and Im gonna open my heart just cause your telling me to.”
Evan Rachel Wood “My heart goes out to Paul Walker’s family. Tragic news.”
Nick Cannon “Rest in Peace to a true light, Paul Walker. To be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord”
Laz Alonso: “My prayers are with @RealPaulWalker family and friends. Down 2 earth & real as they come. #RIP”
Jenni “JWoww” Farley: “Omg Paul walker… rip”
Michael B. Jordan: “Man life is so short. People you care about can be here one min and gone the next Don’t take life for granted RIP Paul Walker”
Adam Shankman: “#rippaulwalker i was blessed to call you friend and a beautiful light in the world just went out. i love you paul”
Jenna Ushkowitz: “My thoughts and love go out to Paul’s friends and family.”
Bret Easton Ellis: “Paul Walker was probably the most beautiful American movie actor of the past two decades.”
Courtney Stodden “I’m so sad about the sudden passing of Paul Walker. My thoughts & prayers go out to his loved ones…”
Ellen DeGeneres: “Paul Walker’s passing is so sad. I’m thinking of his family. Keep the people you love close to you.”
Usher: “RIP Paul Walker…our prayers go out to his family and friends #gone2soon”
Gisele Bündchen: “What a sweet and simple person was Paul Walker .Sending my love and prayers to him and his family.”
Aaron Paul: “My heart goes out to Meadow and everyone else affected by this terrible loss. We will all miss you my friend. We love you. RIP Paul Walker.”
Olivia Munn: “RIP Paul Walker. Gone too soon…”
Nina Dobrev: “Truly shocked and upset by the news. Can’t believe Paul is gone. Sending every ounce of love and energy to his loved ones. @RealPaulWalker”
Joel Madden: “Very sad day today with the passing of Paul Walker. My family sends our love and prayers to his family. Rest in peace.”
Elizabeth Banks: “Going to bed with a heavy heart about Paul Walker. May his friends and family find peace and grace. A reminder of life’s frangibleness.”
Miley Cyrus: “im really sad about Paul Walker :(”
Neil Patrick Harris: “Such sad news about Paul Walker! It’s so tragic and crazy how things can just end so suddenly. My condolences to his family.”
Cameron Diaz: “#RIPPaulWalker Heartbreaking.My heart goes out to his loved ones for their loss. His light will forever shine through those he loved.”
Paula Abdul: “I send prayers and condolences to the family of Roger Rodas, who passed away w/Paul Walker. I can’t imagine their shock and grief. #RIP”
Lindsay Lohan: “Life is truly precious. #RIPPaulWalker and Roger Rodas. Bless ur beautiful families. Guys pls donate to their charity @ReachOutWW”
Chloë Grace Moretz: “My thoughts and prayers go out to Paul Walker and especially his wife and little girl #RIPPaulWalker”
Rihanna “Very Very sad news…I’m so heartbroken about this! #PW”
Alyssa Milano “No, @RealPaulWalker. No. No. No. Rest with the angels. You. Sweet boy. #beauty #love #RIP”
Olivia Wilde “Heavy heavy heart tonight.Paul Walker was a genuinely good, sweet, kind, laid back, loving person. Sending much love to his family.”
Aaron Carter: “I’m such a huge fan of Paul walker and all the fast and the furious movies and all his movies!! This is terrible!! I can believe he died on his birthday so tragic.”
Wayne Brady: “God Bless@RealPaulWalker RIP.”
Vanessa Lachey “I just heard and am in shock. Prayers to Paul Walker’s family. Life is precious, never take a day for granted. #RIPPaulWalker”
Jesse Metcalfe “My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of #PaulWalker. What a shocking tragedy! Life is so fragile. #Humbled”
Brandi Glanville “RIP the hottest guy ever Paul Walker – Im crying”
Cedric the Entertainer: “Sad news. Sorry to hear about Paul Walker passing. Good dude.”
The Game “Sad news about a dear friend. @RealPaulWalker, one of the best actors & for damn sure a great friend…”
Garcelle Beauvais: “So sad about @realpaulwalker RIP enjoy each moment guys.”
Busy Philipps “This Paul Walker news is so sad. Prayers for his little girl and all his friends and family.”
Patrick Dempsey “My heart go’s out to Paul walkers Family and friends , very sad to hear he has passed”
Niecy Nash “RIP to Fast &Furious star Paul Walker. Killed in a tragic car crash. Prayers for his family & friends.”
Pitbull: “RIP @RealPaulWalker your in a better place now papo now show the heavens who is fast and furious”
Carson Daly “Sick about the tragic loss of #PaulWalker. I enjoyed our time together very much. Such a really nice guy. Prayers to his family and friends.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar “@RealPaulWalker May he be in peace. To his family you are in our thoughts and prayers.”
Steve Yeun: “very sad to hear paul walker passed. rip.”
Xzibit: “Wow! Horrible horrible news. RIP PAUL WALKER. prayers go out to his friends and family at this difficult time. #crazy.”
Swizz Beatz: “R.I.P to Paul Walker a great guy gone to soon blessings to his family.”
Ja Rule: “R.i.p. to the homie Paul Walker and condolences to his family I’m truly upset about this right now smh life is to short enjoy every moment and appreciate family and the little things we take for granted you will be missed…”
Hill Harper: “When Paul & I shot The Skulls, had a great time. He was one of the nicest, generous of spirit actors I’ve ever worked with. RIP Paul Walker”
Chad Lowe: “Never met #PaulWalker, but I met his mom. She was kind, humble, & proud of her son. My thoughts & prayers to her & the rest of his family.”
Eric Braeden: “Paul Walker died tragically yesterday in a horrific car accident! One if his first jobs was on our show! Just an All American nice guy!”
Tracy Bregman: “I am beyond saddened to hear of the tragic passing of my former @YRInsider castmate, Paul Walker. My heart goes 2his family&daughter, Meadow.”
Laura Lee: “So sad about Paul Walker. He was on Y&R many yrs ago #YRInsider @CBSDaytime #PaulWalker”
Doug Davidson: “God bless Paul Walker. Sweet loving man. I knew him when he was my sister’s boyfriend in the ’80’s on #Y&R”
Kate Linder: “I’m so sad to hear about @paulwalker. I had the pleasure of working with him @ YandR_CBS @YRInsider @CBSDaytime he was such a sweet guy!”
Young and the Restless Official Twitter: Everyone at #YR & @CBSDaytime is deeply saddened to hear about the death of Paul Walker. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family.