(FOX 11/CNS) - Fans mourning the death of "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker were warned today not to burn rubber near the impromptu sidewalk shrine in his memory, on the side of a street in Valencia.
Sheriff's deputies were sent this morning to Kelly Johnson Parkway, the place where the 40-year-old star of the street racing films, and his 38-year-old friend, Roger Rodas, died in a fiery car crash Saturday afternoon.They warned drivers to stop "burning rubber, spinning their tires" and
performing drifting maneuvers with their cars, a sheriff's sergeant said. "We sent deputies to the accident location this morning after we started getting reports of drivers burning rubber and spinning tires at the site," said sheriff's Sgt. Richard Cohen, watch commander at the Santa Clarita station.
"So far, I haven't had any reports of any drivers being cited or arrested," Cohen said. "But we have deputies there to stop that behavior if it happens again."
Today's misguided salute to Walker and the "Fast and Furious" movie franchise apparently involved drifting, an illegal technique in which the driver intentionally oversteers, causing a loss of traction in the rear wheels, which slides the rear end of the car from side to side.
Speed was a factor in the crash, which happened about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, at the intersection of Hercules Street and Kelly Johnson Parkway,
Cohen said.Sheriff's investigators are also looking into the possibility of a mechanical malfunction, according to the department.