Aberdeen, United Kingdom— Paul Walker tributes have taken place around the world. The 40-year-old actor famous for his roles in the Fast and Furious movies was killed in an automobile crash on November 30th. At a particular tribute that took place at the Beach Boulevard Retail Park, however, events resulted in the arrest of a man who inadvertently set his car on fire.
“Local car fans gathered together in the shopping centre’s car park to pay their respects to Mr. Walker, but one of the group took their tribute a stage too far,” says the Microsoft News’ UK branch of their cars reporting site.
The motorist, an as-yet-unidentified 19-year-old male, is said to have continuously and without break “revved the engine,” of a Mk 1 Ford Focus for 20 minutes, and the car erupted into flames.
The motorist has been officially charged with reckless conduct according to police, “in respect of the incident and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”
The vehicle’s owner escaped the auto without sustaining any injuries which is more than can be said for his car. The engine fire quickly spread to the interior, and the intense heat destroyed the metal exterior in quick succession reducing parts of it to unidentifiable slag.
Swift response from local fire crews that were called to the scene saw the fire extinguished without further incident or property damage. Being totaled, however, it was taken by a low-loader vehicle to a nearby scrap yard.
There has been no word from the Beach Boulevard Retail Park regarding the Paul Walker tribute or damage to their parking lot.
City council member Andrew May was astounded.
I cannot understand the mentality of a person who would do a thing like that.
May also noted that it was a matter of fortune that kept the operator from sustaining any injuries during his exhibition.
A spokesman for Track and Street Grampian, a group of local car enthusiasts which organized this particular Paul Walker Tribute had this to say.
We do not condone this behavior but sadly there are people out there that think it’s appropriate to act like this.
The spokesman also commented that any person sitting on a rev-limiter for 20 minutes or more was looking for trouble, “an inexcusable thing to do.”
Walker is credited by car enthusiasts around the world for bringing cars—and street racing—into the mainstream.
Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were killed when the 2005 Porsche Carrera Gt they were in lost control, struck a lamp-post, and caught fire last month in Las Angeles, California. This “tribute,” may only remind the families what the cost of the accident was, not to mention the actual replacement cost for the owner of the abused Ford Focus. This particular tribute may not provide any comfort for the walker family as the arrest of the young man who torched his car has brought an end to an otherwise peaceful and respectful gathering of Walker-Rodas mourners.
The actor was best known as Brian O’Connor in the Fast and Furious franchise and Roger Rodas for his philanthropic work with Walker. Both men were beloved and are missed by their families. Walker was buried on Sunday in a private Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery ceremony in Hollywood Hills. He was attended by his family and his closest friends. He is survived by his 15-year-old daughter Meadow, parents, Paul and Cheryl, his two brothers, Cody, who may take his place in Fast and Furious 7, and Caleb, and sister Ashley.
By Matt Darjany