After their horrific car accident on Nov. 30, rumors began spreading that the driver of the car, Roger Rodas and Paul were actually drag racing. However, Jim Torp was at the charity event in Santa Clarity and he’s clearing up the reports exclusively to HollywoodLife.com.
Paul Walker, 40, and Roger Rodas, 38, died in a horrific car crash during a test drive in a Porsche Carrera GT — but the crash was not due to reckless behavior, Jim Torp told HollywoodLife.com exclusively.
Paul Walker’s Car Crash: ‘They Were Not Drag Racing’
“I want people to know that Paul and Roger were not drag racing. They were not doing donuts. Some people said they were drifting, which they weren’t. They were not racing other cars,” Jim, 52, told HollywoodLife.com after the event. Jim went on to explain that the business partners left the event and said they’d be back in five minutes.
“They were only driving for like five to six minutes when the car crashed, they didn’t have enough time to be racing,” he continued. “Plus there were two highway patrol officers on site because there were so many high performance cars at the event.”
Jim was at the event when he heard a loud bang and saw a cloud of black smoke.
“There is a special effects building behind Always Evolving, where the even took place, so lots of people thought that the noise was coming from there, but in my gut I knew it was Paul and Roger,” he said.
Roger ‘Lost Control Of The Car’ — Eyewitness
While Roger is a race car driving, the accident had nothing to do with racing.
“Roger lost control of the control. They didn’t spin or anything. They went into a tree. They hit four trees and took a big light pole down. The light pole came down and the car bounced off of it. And then they crashed into a tree, that’s what eventually stopped the car,” Jim said.
We’re so glad to hear that it wasn’t reckless behavior, but still so saddened by the death of Roger and Paul. Our thoughts go out to the friends and family.
— Emily Longeretta, reporting by Sandra Clark