Star’s fatal crash wreck­age stolen

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PEOPLE -

LOS AN­GE­LES: De­tec­tives ar­rested a teenager ac­cused of steal­ing some wreck­age from the Porsche that Fast and the Fu­ri­ous star Paul Walker was in when he died in a crash in Cal­i­for­nia, and a sec­ond sus­pect was plan­ning to turn him­self in, au­thor­i­ties said.

The theft oc­curred as the 2005 Porsche Car­rera GT was be­ing towed from the ac­ci­dent scene last Satur­day night, Los An­ge­les County sher­iff ’s of­fi­cials said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion led de­tec­tives to Jame­son Witty, 18, who was ar­rested on Thurs­day at his home in Los An­ge­les, and was be­ing held on $ 20 000 (nearly R210 000) bail. A sec­ond sus­pect, a 25- year- old man whose name has not been re­leased, was out­side Cal­i­for­nia and ar­rang­ing to sur­ren­der, they said.

Wit­nesses told investigators they saw some­one driv­ing be­hind the tow truck that was haul­ing away wreck­age hours af­ter the fiery crash that killed Walker and friend Roger Ro­das, who was driv­ing the car.

The wit­nesses said a man got out of the car when the truck was at a stop­light, grabbed the part and drove away.

De­tec­tives iden­ti­fied the two sus­pects, and while serv­ing a search war­rant at a home in Canyon Coun­try, a com­mu­nity north of Los An­ge­les, they found a red T-top roof panel from the Porsche. They would not say what led them to the two men, or what ev­i­dence they had against them.

Walker, who starred in all but one of the six Fast and the Fu­ri­ous block­buster films that glo­ri­fied fast cars and dan­ger­ous driv­ing, was killed when the Porsche smashed into a lamp-post and tree, then caught fire last Satur­day af­ter­noon. Investigators are still try­ing to de­ter­mine what caused Ro­das to ca­reen out of con­trol and crash. – Sapa-AP

FIERY END: Fast and the Fu­ri­ous star Paul Walker.

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