Deputies Concerned About Safety At Sunday’s Paul Walker Fan Tribute In Valencia
VALENCIA (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are concerned about safety at this weekend’s fan gathering in Valencia to honor “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker.
On Sunday, more than 5,000 people are expected to pack Hercules Street, where Walker and a friend died in a fiery single-vehicle collision last Saturday.
Capt. Mike Parker told KCAL9’s Serene Branson that the event is not sanctioned.
“We’re not encouraging people to come,” he said. “With quite a few people saying they’re going to go, having no bathrooms, possibly traveling at a long distance in a caravan, this is potentially going to be unpleasant for everybody coming, as well as the people living in the area.”
Rye Canyon, the street past the crash site, is designated as “No Parking” and the street will be one-way on Sunday after 10 a.m.
“Part of our plan is to essentially slow traffic down and allow for the cars that make it in there to be able to slowly drive past a ‘what people have created’ memorial,” Parker said.
Deputies will be monitoring the site to make sure parking laws are followed.
“We need to cite. And we need to tow. We will have quite a few tow trucks standing by to be able to tow the cars almost immediately,” Parker said.
Parker said they’re only trying to keep people safe.
“We are doing everything we can to prevent another tragedy. And that would be somebody else getting hurt, especially going to pay respects,” he said.