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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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billybob    

B.I.P.

303 days ago
2.

Matityahu Haulover    

Gentle spirit – be in peace.

303 days ago
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kim246    

Stop spreading rumor. The Carrera GT has a ceramic composite clutch that, from a standstill, requires no throttle to take off. Giving it throttle, like with a normal clutch, will cause the car to stall. So this "news' TMZ is reporting doesn't truly say anything negative about the mechanical state of the car. And if it says anything its says the car was operation as it should. Pfft.

303 days ago
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Veronica    

This really isn't the time to speculate. I'm sure his family and friends are distraught enough thinking about all the "what ifs," they don't need to hear more from the media.

303 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

...every single soul on earth who has gone thru this experience of tragedy leaves others on earth discussing the. " what if 's" ......it is called timing and fate .....that is why they are called accidents...sad sad sad....

303 days ago
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the man    

He's not Paul Walker anymore. he's Paul Layer.

303 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Nex time don't drink and drive Paul!!

303 days ago
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DipToTroopsDeployed    

It's a shame that this happened but this is what happens when rookies get behind fast cars...they over correct and find themselves in bad situations.

303 days ago
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static    

What a bitter, bitter irony.

303 days ago
10.

Lauren    

This story is just breaking my heart. I keep thinking about what a charitable guy he seemed, and the fact he's leaving behind a young daughter.
Then some sicko makes a fake Facebook page pretending to be her? I don't know why I feel so affected by this story, I think it's because it just seems so unfair.

303 days ago
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stef    

I'm confused. First you reported the accident happens less than a minute after he left his charity event, now suddenly he had been on a 20 minute drive around town when it happened. Pick a story and stick with it, TMZ.

303 days ago
12.

needs help    

Such a tragedy. We were heading home from Thanksgiving weekend in NorCal. Saw the car fly by us, kids loved it. Shortly after, saw the wreck. So so sad.

303 days ago
13.

adamkillsit    

illuminati sacrifice

303 days ago
14.

reader    

so, if they were gone 20 minutes who is to say who was driving they very well could have pulled over and traded places. Wait to report when you have something to report. don't go painting the race car driver as the guilty party until you know for sure. The only fact so far, they were drving way over 45mph the posted speed limit

303 days ago
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baby    

they must have been going really fast, cause there is nothing left of that car... so sad...

303 days ago
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