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Hollywood Minute - December 3, 2013

More is becoming learned about the traffic crash that killed actor Paul Walker.
More is becoming learned about the traffic crash that killed actor Paul Walker.

The Santa Clarita crash site where 40-year-old Paul Walker died is now a shrine to one of Hollywood's most bankable box-office stars.

Police now say Walker was in the passenger seat of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT.  A photo showing Walker with the car was snapped just 30 minutes before the car slammed into a pole -- and burst into flames.

The mangled wreckage was apparently captured on a YouTube video. Police say speed was a factor.

CNN affiliate KCAL-TV has identified the driver as Roger Rodas -- a business partner who ran a high-performance auto shop nearby.

Both men were drivers on the shop's race team --the pair had just left a charity event for Walker's organization -- "Reach out Worldwide."

An eery end for an actor whose career was launched by the high-octane movie franchise  -- about illicit street racing.

Walker's love of speed -- both on and off the set -- was well-known. He spoke to CNN in 2001 about making "The Fast & The Furious" -- and life imitating art.

"I bought a Nissan Skyline actually, V-Spec. I had it actually imported from Japan so the steering wheel's on the right hand side."

q: "Are you a lead-foot?"

a: "Yeah. I race it, actually."

Production is now at a standstill on the seventh film -- set to wrap this month in Atlanta

Walker's new film "Hours", about a new father struggling through Hurricane Katrina, is due out this month.

He is survived by his fifteen-year-old daughter, Meadow. And will be remembered for the passion he brought to everything he did.

"It's just amazing the things that I've seen... the things that I've done... the people I've met in that short period of time. It's just -- you know -- I don't ever want it to end."

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy says the street where the crash happened, has a reputation for fast drivers, which spurred a crackdown by deputies two years ago.

(Dave Stewart for CNN's Hollywood Minute)
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