The man behind the wheel of the fatal car crash that claimed the life of actor Paul Walker was 38-year-old Roger Rodas.
The single-car collision was a reported joyride between two good friends. Both Walker and Rodas were car enthusiast. Rodas, a former race car driver, was the CEO of Valencia-based Always Evolving, a high-end sports car and luxury car dealership and race preparation company that focuses on specialty car builds. Walker reportedly had a stake in the company. Rodas was known for racing Mustang and Porsche Cup Cars and had come in second place in the Pirelli Porsche Driver's Cup Series championship in 2012. In other words, Rodas had plenty of experience behind the wheel of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that crashed and burned on Saturday (Nov. 30) taking both of their lives.
Walker and Rodas met years ago at a California race club, where Rodas was driving a Porsche GT3 previously owned by the actor. A native of El Salvador, Rodas was raised in the Los Angeles area and made his living as a Managing Director, Wealth Management Advisor and PIA Portfolio Manager at Merrill Lynch. He was ranked by Barron's three years in a row as one of America's top financial advisors. Rodas was also Walker's personal financial adviser. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
As for the red the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT involved in the crash, it was one of 38 cars in the Always Evolving store inventory. The price was listed as "private collection," but new the car is valued at $450,000. This 2005 model had 3,283 miles on it. According to Autoweek, fewer than 1,300 of the V-10, 610-horsepower, mid-engine cars built from 2004 to 2007, with less than half coming to the U.S. The car was known for its “scary" handling.