The car ride that tragically killed Paul, 40, and Roger Rodas, 38, wasn’t taken for pleasure. The two friends reportedly took the Porsche for a drive because it had mechanical issues that they wanted to fix.
Paul Walker and Roger Rodas were sadly killed in a violent car accident on Nov. 30. However, a witness reportedly knew that they took the drive in the first place because the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was stalling and they wanted to solve the issue, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Paul Walker Took Car Ride To Solve Mechanical Issue
A motorsport professional driver who attended Paul’s Reach Out Worldwide charity event in Santa Clarita, Calif., says that Paul and Roger wanted to take the Porsche for a quick drive around the block.
“As they were backing up the [Porsche] to put into the garage [at the Always Evolving shop], it started stalling. I heard someone say, and I think it was Roger (who was behind the wheel), ‘Why is the car stalling? Let’s take it around the block,'” the unidentified witness told the outlet. “Paul said, ‘Let me go with you really quickly.’ The whole premise of taking the car out for a drive was because something was wrong.”
The driver, who doesn’t want to be identified out of respect for their families, said that Paul and Roger would have known better than to take the powerful car out for a joyride.
Witness Says Paul Walker & Roger Rodas Were ‘Responsible People’
“Roger wasn’t the kind of guy to go max speed on a small street, same thing with Paul. These guys have respect for the car and they wouldn’t do it like that,” their source says. “These guys are business owners and Paul was a celebrity. They are responsible people. These guys were more like, ‘That’s weird, the car is stalling, let’s figure it out.'”
In 2004, right before the Porsche Carrera GT went on sale, the company released a memo with a warning about the car, saying it was the closest thing to a race car they’d ever come out with, according to documents obtained by TMZ. While Roger was an experienced driver, that may not have been a problem. But the car itself couldn’t take any road damage, according to the memo.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Paul and Roger’s friends and family during this difficult time.
— Ivy Jacobson