Star’s fatal crash wreckage stolen
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.