The driver of the sportscar, in which Fast & The Furious star Paul Walker lost his life on Saturday (30Nov13), has been identified as professional race ace Roger Rodas. The former racing driver was behind the wheel of the Porsche Carrera GT when it collided with a light post and tree in Valencia, California, burst into flames and exploded, killing both Rodas and his actor pal and business partner. Jeff Westphal, a fellow race car driver who was close to both the deceased, has posted a message on Facebook.com, confirming that Rodas was the driver of the vehicle. He writes, "It is regrettable to inform everyone that the world has been robbed of two of the most generous, profound and bright individuals that I have had the pleasure to work with and call friends. Paul Walker and Roger Rodas will be severely missed, and although I am hurting from the loss of my two friends, my heart goes out to the families of the departed. Please wish them well and know that they are still watching over us all!" Rodas was the CEO of Always Evolving Performance Motors, a professional automotive body shop. Fans have been gathering at the crash site on Kelly Johnson Parkway since news of the tragedy broke on Saturday evening. Leaving flowers, cards and DVDs of Walker's most popular films at the curbside, the devotees staged a candlelight vigil on Saturday night. Meanwhile, other devotees have taken to Twitter.com to remember the 40-year-old movie star, who was filming the latest Fast & the Furious film at the time of his death. Police reports suggest speed played a major part in the crash. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Universal Studios - the company behind Walker's Fast & the Furious films - has released a statement, which reads: "All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family. "This loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast & Furious films, and to countless fans." Production on the seventh film in the franchise, which began in September (13), will continue this coming week (beg02Dec13) following a Sunday morning conference call between Universal executives, producers and the movie's director James Wan.