Paul Walker’s deadly crash site was also the site of the theft of some of the wreckage on Saturday night and police have now arrested the primary suspect. An arrest was made on Thursday charging 18-year-old Jameson Witty of Los Angeles with the crime. He is being held on $20,000 bail. A 25-year-old man currently outside the state of California, said to be a second suspect in the theft, is reportedly making arrangements to surrender to authorities. His identity has not yet been released.
The wreckage from the site of the deadly crash that killed Paul Walker was reportedly stolen by the now-arrested suspect on Saturday night as the Porsche Carrera GT that Walker was a passenger in was being towed from the accident scene. Witnesses to the theft said that they saw a vehicle following the tow truck and that when the tow truck stopped at a red light, a man ran out of the vehicle grabbed part of the wreckage and then took off. A red t-t0p roof panel has been recovered by police as evidence.
It is likely that the men may be charged with felony grand theft and/or tampering with evidence. Authorities have declined to comment on any further evidence against the two suspects or what specifically led them to the two men at this time.
The crash that killed Paul Walker and the driver of the car, Roger Rodas, happened on Saturday, November 30. Autopsy results have revealed that both died quickly due to “combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries.” It is a tragic irony for fans of the actor best known for his fast paced car chasing roles in the Fast and Furious movie franchise, to have died at the age of 40 in a fiery crash.
Family, friends and fans of Paul Walker have been remembering him in mass numbers since his death almost a week ago. Tribute videos, hashtags and messages in his honor have flooded social media sites particularly Twitter and Instagram in recent days as all those who loved and admired him try to make sense of this tragedy.
Even the stars have taken to social media to honor him. Vin Diesel, co-star of Paul Walker in the Fast and Furious films remembered him on Instagram with a photo and the message “Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace.” Likewise, Ludacris, Tyrese and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, all of whom also starred with Paul Walker in the films, expressed their own grief and their well wishes for his daughter via Instagram.
A particularly touching tribute was made to Paul Walker by his “Fast and Furious Family” in the form of a two minute long video released on Facebook on Wednesday. It features the song “I’m Coming Home” by Skylar Grey as the background to a series of pictures of Paul Walker with various Fast and Furious cast and crew members during filming.
As time moves on, more is sure to be determined about the specifics behind the cause of the deadly crash that took Paul Walker’s life and family, friends and fans may be able to slowly recover from the shock of his being gone. Hopefully knowing that a suspect, who seem to have been attempting to benefit from this tragedy by stealing wreckage from the site of the crash that killed Paul Walker, has been arrested will offer some measure of peace to them as well.
By Michele Wessel