The death of Paul Walker shocked millions around the world, and many fans want to know how they can pay tribute to him. To make sure he is not forgotten, some fans have suggested that the road he died on be renamed in Walker’s honor. However, residents of the area do not want it to happen, so it is likely that it will not go ahead.
The call for the name change came after 2,000 fans signed a petition. To not forget the friend of Walker, the road name suggested was Walker Rodas Memorial Parkway. More fans continue to sign the petition, which would make it seem like a sure thing.
The downside for the plan is the residents. Those who have lived in the area do not believe the 40-year-old late actor did anything to support their community. His death in the area should not mean that the name of the road is changed. Others have died on that road without the pressure for this to happen.
Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, were driving down the road when their tragic accident occurred on November 30, 2013. In most of the tweets and comments on social media websites, Rodas was hardly mentioned. However, that does not mean fans forget that he was the driver of the car.
According to the councilman for the city, TimBen Boydston, the only way the name of the road can be changed is if the residents agree to it. Currently with so many against it, it looks like the death of Walker will not mean a change to the road name. It does not matter how many signatures the petition for the change gets.
Walker was not driving the car during the time of the crash. He was in the passenger seat when Rodas lost control of the Porsche GT that they were driving. One witness explained how he was narrowly missed before the sports car left the road and exploded dramatically splitting a tree in half.
Fans took to social media websites to say their condolences to Walker. Many focused on Walker, as they knew him from the Fast and the Furious franchise. Some people made it a point to say just how short life could be. The star was just 40-years-old at the time of his death.
A memorial site was also set up where the car accident occurred. Many people from the area and fans of the star gathered as they said their prayers and left thoughtful and sad messages for the families of the two men. Candles, pictures and flowers were also left.
Fans now desperately want a tribute to Walker. They want a way to always remember his life, and his death. One way that many fans can honor the star’s tragic death is through a change in road name. However, this can only happen when the residents of the area are in agreement to the name change. According to local residents Walker did nothing for their community. Just because Walker died on the road, does not mean that the name will change.
By Alexandria Ingham