Moments before Paul Walker took what turned out to be a fatal ride -- he posed proudly next to the exotic car that exploded on impact in the deadly accident.
Paul was photographed with the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that belonged to his friend Roger Rodas. They were attending a fundraiser in Santa Clarita, CA.
We're told the photos and video were taken about 30 minutes before the accident.
As TMZ first reported ... Paul had put together the charitable event -- through his Reach Out Worldwide organization -- to support typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.
Paul was the passenger in the Porsche when Rodas lost control and slammed into a tree. The car exploded, and the Sheriff's Department says speed was a factor.
Candlelight Vigil at Crash Site
12/1/2013 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker fans paid tribute to the 40-year old actor last night by holding a candlelight vigil on the site where he died.
The fans showed up in Santa Clarita Saturday evening ... leaving flowers and lighting candles in Paul's memory.
The vigil was held very shortly after law enforcement cleared the scene -- removing the bodies of Paul and the driver Roger Rodas ... as well as the charred wreckage of Roger's Porsche Carrera GT.
The cause of the accident is under investigation, but witnesses tell us Roger was speeding at the time. Sheriff's deputies confirm speed definitely played a part.
Dead at 40
In Fiery Car Crash
11/30/2013 5:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker -- best known for his role in "The Fast and the Furious" movies -- died Saturday afternoon after a single-car accident and explosion in Southern California ... TMZ has learned.
The accident happened in Santa Clarita -- north of Los Angeles -- and Paul was the passenger in the two-seater Porsche Carrera GT when the driver somehow lost control and slammed into a post or a tree ... and the car burst into flames.
Several of our sources -- some of whom were at the scene of the accident -- tell us a friend of Paul's was driving and was also killed in the fiery wreck.
Cops say speed clearly played a major factor in the accident, but an exact cause has not been determined yet.
Paul was 40 years old. He leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter named Meadow.
Paul's rep tells us he was in Santa Clarita for a car show -- organized by Paul and his charitable organization Reach Out Worldwide -- to support the Philippines typhoon relief effort.
Several of his friends were attending the event ... which was very near to where the deadly accident happened.
One of Paul's friends talked to a TMZ photographer ... describing the scene ... and his efforts to save Paul from the burning car.
Paul took a pic with a fan at the event earlier on Saturday, and the guy posted it ... noting how happy Walker was just hours before the crash.
The fan added, "The world lost an angel in Paul. He dedicated so much of his life to helping disadvantaged kids and people who are in need. I'm gonna do whatever I can to keep Paul's goals for the charity alive."
DRINKING WHILE DRIVING
And Cops Say It's Legal
11/30/2013 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Country music superstar Luke Bryan -- the guy behind the hit "That's My Kind Of Night" -- slammed a beer WHILE driving his truck back in July ... but cops say he did NOTHING wrong.
The incident went down on Luke's private ranch in Tennessee -- Luke can be seen chugging a can of Busch ... the brew that's "as smooth as it's name."
But according to the Knoxville Police Department, Luke was within his legal right -- 'cause in TN, it's perfectly OK to booze while operating a motor vehicle AS LONG as it's on private property.
So, while it might not be the safest thing to do -- it definitely ain't illegal.
Still, kids -- don't drink and drive.
Lexus For Sale On eBay
It's Where Gisele Sat!
11/28/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A guy selling a Lexus on eBay is banking on you paying more because Leo DiCaprio cavorted with Gisele Bundchen and other models in the whip.
A guy named Brian bought the 1999 Lexus GS 400 at a dealership. The paperwork showed Leo was the prior owner who turned it in after the lease expired.
Brian bought the car in 2001 with 18,000 miles. He's selling it today with 148,091 miles, and you can buy it now for $20,000.
So how can he command such a price? Brian tells TMZ ... the former service manager at the Beverly Hills dealership told him Gisele was a passenger in the car several times when Leo dropped it off for service.
In other words ... sniffing the seat comes at a premium.
Here's the bad news for Brian ... The stale scent of a woman doesn't command lots of cents -- top bid so far is $5,000.
Dead Photog's Mom
I Think Bieber's SUV May Have Killed My Son, and Fled
11/27/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The woman whose son was killed while photographing Justin Bieber's Ferrari January 1 claims not one but TWO cars struck the photog. The second driver is wanted for felony hit-and-run and TMZ has learned the hit-and-run vehicle fits the basic description of an SUV in Bieber's entourage.
Bieber was NOT in the Ferrari. Lil Twist was behind the wheel when he was allegedly speeding on the 405, and a CHP officer pulled him off the Freeway. The deputy spoke to Twist and let him go, and then told photog Chris Guerra -- who was standing on the side of the road -- to get out of the area. As Guerra walked across the road, he was struck by a car, and shortly thereafter hit by a second vehicle.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ -- based on surveillance video and forensic evidence -- the second vehicle that struck Guerra was a black, high-profile SUV that was either a Range Rover or a Hummer.
Guerra's mom believes it's possible the SUV could have been someone from Bieber's camp either trailing the Fererari or coming to assist Twist. Cops are not embracing or discounting the mom's theory ... and the investigation is ongoing.
Guerra's mom wants the LAPD to show her the surveillance footage so she can see for herself, but they've told her it's an ongoing investigation so no dice.
We've contacted Bieber's camp for comment, but haven't heard back yet.
Gives Turkeys to Poor People
Drives Off In $2.5 Million Bugatti
11/26/2013 4:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Birdman knows how to make a poor person feel REALLY POOR -- 'cause the rap mogul gave out free turkeys to families in need Monday ... and then drove off in a $2.5 MILLION luxury car.
The Cash Money prez rolled up to his turkey giveaway at Little Haiti Soccer Park in Miami yesterday in his ruby red Bugatti -- one of the most expensive cars in the world.
Seems a bit flashy considering he was giving away food to people who can barely afford it -- dontcha think???
Still, gotta give the guy credit -- 'cause Bird, along with Ace Hood, DJ Khaled, Slim and Mack Maine are giving away a total of 3,000 free turkeys in cities across the country -- just like they did last year.
My Jackass Friend Stole My Car
11/21/2013 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
For now, DMX won't have to worry about getting popped for any driving offenses in his 1978 Buick Regal ... because his so-called friend allegedly stole it right out from under him ... according to a police report obtained by TMZ.
DMX and his girlfriend -- Desiree Lindstrom -- told cops they gave the car and a duplicate title to a friend ... who was going to sell it for them. But the friend vanished into thin air some time earlier this month and never returned.
What's more, according to the report, the friend changed his phone number ... and DMX doesn't know the guy's last name ... he only knows him as Lonny. Apparently DMX uses the term "friend" lightly.
Cops are on the lookout for the car ... but their first investigative task is to find out Lonny's last name.
Jake T. Austin
Arrested Last Month for DUI in SAME CAR
11/19/2013 11:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Where there's smoke ... TMZ has learned, Ex-Disney star Jake T. Austin was busted for DUI just last month in the SAME CAR that was involved in the 4-car hit-and-run crash this morning.
Law enforcement sources tell us, Austin was arrested October 8th by the CHP after being pulled over for driving at night without headlights. We're told police officers smelled booze as they approached his vehicle, administered a field sobriety test and Austin did poorly.
According to sources, 18-year-old Austin blew a .08 and was arrested. He has since been charged with DUI and has a court date scheduled for TOMORROW.
At the time he was busted, Austin was driving the 2010 Audi with New York plates -- the same car that slammed into multiple cars early this morning.
The driver allegedly threw a vodka bottle out of the car and then left before cops arrived. There's no way cops can arrest the driver for DUI, but it's definitely a case of felony hit-and-run.
An eyewitness just told us on TMZ Live ... she is "100%" that the driver of the hit-and-run is Austin. She says other witnesses are just as sure.
Jake T. Austin
Ex-Disney Star Named
in Nasty Hit-n-Run Crash
11/19/2013 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jake T. Austin -- who starred as Max Russo on the hit Disney show "Wizards of Waverly Place" -- was involved in a bizarre 4-car hit-and-run crash this morning ... and TMZ has the pics.
Here's what we know -- a 2010 Audi with NY plates slammed into 3 parked cars on a street in Sherman Oaks, CA around 3AM Tuesday morning. The cars suffered major damage.
According to an official incident report, obtained by TMZ, the Audi is registered to 18-year-old Austin (real name Jake Szymanski). It's unclear if Austin was driving the car at the time of the wreck.
Witnesses tell TMZ ... after the driver hit the parked cars, someone in the ride threw a bottle of Ciroc at a nearby property. One witness tells us the driver and his passengers called a black car service to come pick them up before cops arrived to the scene. The witness described one of the guys as a white male with dark hair who looked really young and acted really drunk.
Once officers arrived, they saw the wrecked Audi, along with the path of destruction -- but no Jake -- and issued a document to one of the people who suffered damage, which explained that the incident was being handled as a hit-and-run.
The document also shows the Audi is registered to Austin.
We spoke with cops -- who tell us they're currently investigating the situation. So far, no arrests have been made.
Jimmie Johnson to McNabb:
YOU'RE WRONG ABOUT RACING
Drivers Are Athletes ... And I'll Whoop Your Ass
11/18/2013 4:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jimmie Johnson tells TMZ Sports ... Donovan McNabb was talking out of his ass when the QB said race car drivers aren't athletes ... and JJ says he'll crush him on the track to prove it.
Of course, the racing world went crazy this weekend ... when DM went on Fox Sports 1 and told Erin Andrews, "Do I think [JJ's] an athlete? Absolutely not."
FYI -- ESPN ran a Sports Science special on racing back in 2011 and said that testing proved race car drivers have some of the best reaction times, endurance, strength and concentration in any sport.
So, the question ...
Bangs into Car, Chews Out Reporter
11/15/2013 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Alec Baldwin just got into his THIRD angry confrontation today -- screaming at a female reporter, demanding cops arrest her ... and then hitting a parked car while trying to drive away.
It's unclear exactly what set off Alec this time -- but his car was surrounded by reporters and photographers ... and he yells, "F**k you" to one reporter as he storms away and jumps in his car.
Watch the clip -- after the accident ... Alec wants cops to arrest the reporter he's got the beef with, but as far as we know no one was arrested.
This is getting crazy.
12:15 PM PT -- Now we know why Alec went after the reporter ... his wife, Hilaria, dropped a dime. Watch this clip from FOX5 in NYC, at the very beginning you hear Hilaria say, "That's the one that almost hit me" -- and then Alec goes off.
Horrific Car Crash
Eyes Allegedly Off the Road
11/13/2013 10:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"The Goldbergs" star Hayley Orrantia put a 23-year-old man in ICU with a brain injury recently after T-boning his car at a high speed -- allegedly while taking her eyes off the road.
19-year-old Orrantia had been filming all night on Sept. 28, the day of the accident. The other driver's family says she ran a red light while checking the GPS on her phone, and then plowed into Ryan Houghton's car.
We're told Houghton was rushed to a nearby hospital with multiple injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, and remained in the ICU for a week. He is now in a rehab facility.
Houghton's family is currently soliciting donations online to help pay his medical bills.
Drugs and alcohol are believed NOT to have been factors in the crash. Law enforcement sources tell us Hayley was cited for running a red light.
Orrantia's lawyer tells TMZ, "The Police record will speak for itself, Hayley was not touching the GPS when she was driving and the allegations are coming from people who were not in the vehicle nor present at the scene at the time."