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Paul Walker Crash

Cops Wrestled Friend Away from Burning Car

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12/2/2013 7:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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This is the dramatic moment when a cop had to physically wrestle one of Paul Walker's friends away from the crash scene ... seconds after it became clear Paul could not be saved.

TMZ broke the story ... Paul's friends rushed to the scene -- one even grabbed a fire extinguisher and desperately tried to extinguish the flames.

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

Cops now believe Paul and the driver of the Porsche may have been in a street race with another car at the time of the crash and are looking for footage and witnesses.

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1.

Fitsz    

Paul Walker: Too fast too crispy.

137 days ago
2.

lastrebel    

Tragic story but, COME ON ... give it a rest. This wasn't JFK

137 days ago
3.

Pudding Tang    

Varsity Blues indeed...

137 days ago
4.

RachesRules    

TMZ is LOVING this tragedy!! This is awful.

137 days ago
5.

billybob    

enough about this douche. Lamar Odom or KK please!

137 days ago
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AnonyMouse    

"may have been in a street race"??????? I don't see that anywhere else online, but if that's true it's horrific. I'm very sorry for this death and Meadow's loss of her dad, especially if it was completely preventable and 100% stupid.

137 days ago
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KAH    

how sad...way to go tmz, add a little more salt to the wound for his friends by posting this crap. Disgusting.

137 days ago
8.

6one9    

Slow down kids!!!!
Ain't worth dying over!!!

137 days ago
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➨➨➨ (T)(R)(O)(L)(L) ➨➨➨    

Crash & Burn.

137 days ago
10.

Chgome    

40 y/o man with too much money racing down a city street in an expensive car not caring if others are killed while they have fun speeding and racing down a city street.

137 days ago
11.

janet    

Whatever happened it didn't end well.

137 days ago
12.

Susan    

TMZ this was a very good actor not God. Please let Paul rest in peace.

137 days ago
13.

Toilethead    

Do you think you've sensationalized this for your own profit yet? Give it a rest.

137 days ago
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Max Smart    

Someone should investigate TMZ for causing this accident - they LOVE it when a celebrity dies. Show some class guys and calm the f@#k down.

137 days ago
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ADR    

This disgusts me! Street racing is dangerous (obviously) and maybe now stupid movies like Fast and the Furious won't be made as it capitalizes on street racing. I am all for car racing but it should be done on a closed circuit. I am sorry this tragedy happened but I in no way feel sympathy for someone willingly putting themselves and others in danger for the "fun" of street racing.
I understand this is speculation but from the history of these two men and the car they were driving it makes sense as to the speed of the vehicle and the disaster that happened afterwards. As well how quickly their friends showed up to the scene... they were RACING!!!

137 days ago
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