Man Suspected Of Stealing Piece Of Paul Walker Wreckage Apparently Posted It On Instagram
VALENCIA (CBSLA.com) — An 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of stealing a piece of the wreckage from the crash that killed actor Paul Walker apparently posted a picture of it on Instagram.
On the Instagram page believed to belong to suspect Jameson Witty, a two-panel image posted six days ago shows the front and back side of a flat, red car part.
The caption reads, “Piece of Paul walkers (sic) car, took it off a tow truck at a stop light @anthonyjanow #paulwalker #rip #comeup.”
Witty was arrested Thursday night on charges of grand theft and tampering with evidence, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said. A second suspect, who is not in the state, is in the process of turning himself in to authorities.
Authorities believed the two suspects followed the tow truck carrying charred wreckage of the Porsche Carrera GT as it was being towed away from the crash scene Saturday night. Witty and another man, who were in one of several cars following the tow truck, left their car when the convoy stopped at a red light, pulled off the Porsche’s red T-top roof panel and drove away with it, police said.
“Everybody’s trying to get personal gain off of somebody’s death, I just don’t think that’s right at all,” crash witness Ruben Soto said.
In a strange twist, Witty’s Instagram account has also posted plans for a memorial car meet and cruise on Dec. 28 in honor of Walker and his business partner and friend, Roger Rodas, who was also killed in the crash. The Instagram post also mentions plans to raise money to donate to Walker’s charity, Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW).
Witty remains jailed on $20,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.