Roger Rodas was the name who was driving the Porsche Carrera which lost control and hit a tree before bursting into flames eventually killing him and actor Paul Walker.
The man behind the wheel was a longtime friend of Walker and businessman of Hispanic descent who was born in El Salvador.
Rodas and Walker had been friends since 2003 after meeting on the track of a California race club when Walker saw Rodas drive a Porsche GT3 that he used to own.
Rodas was a managing director of wealth management for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. His LinkedIn profile noted that he was recognized on Barron’s list of America’s top 1,000 advisors each year from 2010 to 2012.
Rodas was also a racecar driver with Pirelli World Challenge, where he won twice in 2012 driving Ford Mustang. In fact, Paul and Roger raced each other in the Pirelli World Challenge Series and other events like the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
The Santa Clarita Street where the accident happened has been famous for car races and last year the sleep limit was increased from 35 mph to 45 mph there.
Rodas was the owner of Always Evolving, a racing shop in Los Angeles. He was also captain of its racing team.
When the accident happened Rodas and Walker were on their way to fundraiser Reach Out Worldwide which Walker founded.
The charity was part of an aid response team to help those connected to the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Rodas also did charity work for The Asomugha Foundation