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Paul Walker

How He Ended Up in Death Car

12/1/2013 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Paul Walker may not have ever gotten into the car that took him to his death if it hadn't been acting up moments before the crash ... TMZ has learned.

Paul showed up Saturday for a fundraiser at Always Evolving -- Roger Rodas' high end auto shop that specializes in exotic cars. Paul had a stake in the shop.

Sources connected to Roger tell TMZ when Paul arrived ... Roger was watching one of his employees try in vain to back the Carrera GT into the shop, but it kept stalling. Roger decided to take matters into his own hands ... told the worker to get out and took the wheel himself.

As Roger began to back into the garage ... Paul came up and said he hadn't driven in the Porsche yet -- so he jumped in the passenger seat and they took a 20 minute drive.

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The fatal accident happened on the way back from that drive -- just 500 yards from the shop.

Paul's best friend from childhood, Nute, grabbed a fire extinguisher and was among the first to arrive on scene. We're told Nute frantically tried to extinguish the flames ... even though it appeared to him both men were already dead.

When the fire dept arrived they tried to pull Nute away, but he was overwrought and punched a firefighter. We're told Sheriff's deputies put Nute -- and several other of Paul and Roger's friends -- in custody, but let them go when they realized the circumstances.

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61.

Jonas    

Unless it had two steering wheels, Mr. Walker still has not "driven" in it. Lovely English for a journalist. Might want to look up "bring" and "take" while you're at it.

232 days ago
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raven    

I can imagine him being so excited seeing the car and being into racing and seeing a Porsche Carrera GT he must have felt like a kid in a toy store and was very eager to jump in and feel the ride of one of the coolest cars in the world. So sad that his joy ride ended in tragedy. RIP Paul, thank you for your charity work, your legacy

232 days ago
63.

elizabeth    

IT'S TOO SAD FOR WORDS! R.I.P. PAUL

232 days ago
64.

steve sable    

Not Paul Walker..Paul Wormwood..you drink you drive you die..idiot

232 days ago
65.

munroe    

You live by the car, you die by the car.

232 days ago
66.

Christai Shorter    

how did the crash happen i'm glad he dead

232 days ago
67.

Dayannie    

Sometimes life seems unfair... But time comes for all of us to discover the wonders that exist after this life... God decided that it was time to paul discover these wonders R.I.P Paul Walker

232 days ago
68.

Dayannie    

Sometimes life seems unfair... But time comes for all of us to discover the wonders that exist after this life... God decided that it was time to paul discover these wonders R.I.P Paul Walker

232 days ago
69.

suzette    

you will be miss... love your work!!!

232 days ago
70.

cjh    

The Carrera gt can be a handful in the hands of an amateur. No matter how great a driver you think you are, city street are not the same as a race track. He was clearly driving above his ability. They don't call this car the widow maker for nothing. I've owned, driven and raced Porsche's for over 20 yrs. This is the one model that scared me.
cjh

232 days ago
71.

Alex    

Yes, but if that employee has cut the brake hose and everything was arranged to challenge in a race and make the accident to die Paul or his friend?

232 days ago
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232 days ago
73.

troy le    

i really believe that paul walker was a blood sacrifice for someone...smh hollywood is truly satans playground....paul was murdered

232 days ago
74.

troy le    

i really believe that paul walker was a blood sacrifice for someone...smh hollywood is truly satans playground....paul was murdered

232 days ago
75.

noel    

Heathens don't want to mention it, but at least he appeared to be a Christian. That should be the headline. He's fine and he's with Jesus.

232 days ago
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