The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was warning Santa Clarita-area residents about a massive influx of mourners and cars expected Sunday at a memorial event for actor Paul Walker and Roger Rodas.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and the city of Santa Clarita on Friday advised area residents to avoid the Rye Canyon Business Park, the location of a fiery single-vehicle collision that killed the pair on Nov. 30.
A memorial gathering posted to Facebook welcomed car enthusiasts and others to the site from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
As of Friday evening, more than 6,400 people stated they were going, according to the Facebook invitation, which was posted by SoCal Car Meets. The group said it was just “the medium that transfers the information” and not the event’s organizer.
“Drive slow, be cautious. Respect what this is for,” the invitation states. “Park anywhere along the long street and peacefully walk to light a candle or put some flowers etc.”
The Sheriff’s Department stated that Kelly Johnson Parkway would be turned into a one-way street at 10 a.m. Sunday, as would Alta Vista Drive.
“Residents need to anticipate the impact that an overwhelming number of cars will have on the area,” a traffic alert from the sheriff’s station stated.
Authorities had previously requested that all visitors to the site, where hundreds of memorial candles and cards have been left, obey traffic laws.
The investigation into the crash of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT near the 28300 block of Rye Canyon Loop (map) was continuing.
Walker was 40; his friend and financial adviser Rodas, who owned a racing shop in the area, was 38.