'Fast & Furious 7' delayed after death of actor Paul Walker: Star killed in LA-area car crash

Coroner working to ID victims

VALENCIA, Calif. - While mourners continued to flock to the scene of a fiery crash that killed actor Paul Walker and a friend, autopsies were performed Tuesday on both men, but positive identification was still awaiting a review of dental records.

Ed Winter of the coroner's office said a dental expert was expected to examine the remains Tuesday night, so positive identifications could be finalized by Wednesday. There was also no immediate ruling on the cause of death -- whether the men died in the crash of the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT or in the resulting inferno that engulfed the wreckage.

Walker was believed to be a passenger in the high-performance vehicle -- which sells for more than $400,000 -- when it slammed into a tree around 3:30 p.m. Saturday on Hercules Street at Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia.

A statement posted on Walker's Facebook page said the 40-year-old "Fast and Furious" actor was a passenger in the car driven by a friend, who was later identified as 38-year-old Roger Rodas.

Winter noted, however, that until final identifications are made, authorities could not verify who was driving the car.

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said speed was a factor in the crash, but there was no evidence the pair was involved in a street race. Investigators were still trying to determine exactly what caused the crash and whether there was a mechanical reason for Rodas to have lost control of the vehicle.

Walker and Rodas had just attended a charity car show and toy drive organized by the actor's Reach Out WorldWide organization when they got into the 600-horsepower Porsche and left -- the crash occurring a short time later. The crash occurred near Always Evolving Performance Motors, an auto shop owned by Rodas.

Universal Pictures announced that a portion of proceeds from upcoming sales of the "Fast & Furious 6" DVD will be donated to Reach Out WorldWide, which aids in relief efforts following natural disasters.

"With the passing of Paul, the world has lost a man who spent a great deal of his life in service to others. We share in the deep grief of his family, friends and the countless fans who love him," according to Donna Langley, chair of Universal Pictures. "We keep Paul's memory alive and honor his legacy through continued support of Reach Out WorldWide, the nonprofit he founded to give hope to those who must rebuild after they have experienced natural disasters."

The DVD will be released Dec. 10.

Walker's family asked that in lieu of flowers or other gifts, donations also be made to the charity. Information is available online at www.roww.org.

A memorial continued to grow at the crash scene, where a large crowd gathered Monday night. "Fast and Furious" actor Vin Diesel was among those attending.

Diesel spoke to the crowd using a speaker in a sheriff's department patrol car, thanking them for coming to "show my brother love."

"It's going to stay with me forever," he said. "I just wanted to say thank you."

Diesel praised the crowd for "showing that angel up in heaven how much you appreciated him."

Walker starred as undercover Los Angeles police detective Brian O'Conner in the 2001 film "The Fast and the Furious" and five of the six sequels, including the most recent "Fast & Furious 6," which was released in May and grossed close $240 million at North American box offices. "Fast & Furious 7" -- starring Walker, Diesel and Dwayne Johnson -- was in the process of filming with a 2014 release expected, according to the Internet Movie Database.

On Tuesday, it was announced that production on the seventh film -- which began in September -- was put on hold. Filming was scheduled to resume this week following a holiday break but was canceled Monday and Tuesday.

The Associated Press reported a good amount of the film had been shot, but the movie is incomplete.

Walker was born in Glendale and appeared as a toddler in a Pampers commercial. He was raised in a traditional Mormon family in Sun Valley and graduated from Village Christian High School in 1991.

His other credits include "Takers," "Varsity Blues," "She's All That," "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Pleasantville" plus numerous TV guest appearances.

Walker appeared in three other films this year besides the "Fast & Furious" sequel and has another film, "Hours," about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, scheduled for release on Dec. 13, according to Variety.

His survivors include his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow Rain.

"I'm just glad that every time I saw him I told him I loved him, and he would say the same thing to me," Walker's grief-stricken father, Paul, told CBS2.

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