Paul Walker: Locals Don’t Favor Paul Walker, Roger Rodas Street Name Change

December 26, 2013 Updated: December 26, 2013

Paul Walker should get a street named after him in the Southern California city of Santa Clarita where he died, claim fans of the “Fast & Furious” actor in an online petition.

Santa Clarita’s Hercules Avenue should be renamed the “Walker Rodas Memorial Parkway” after Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, who was driving the Porsche that crashed on Nov. 30, leading to their deaths. 

“Wouldn’t it be great if we petitioned the Californian Government and local Santa Clarita Council to get Hercules Avenue renamed to Walker/ Rodas Memorial Way … With an international outpouring of love and support – this might be a nice way for people to continue remembering two amazing men, who died so tragically,” reads an online petition with thousands of signatures.

“And if we can’t get this, then I support a memorial cross or plaque being placed at the crash site, where both Paul Walker and Roger Rodas were tragically killed,” it continues.

However, residents of Santa Clarita said that Walker didn’t do anything for the community, reported TMZ.

The residents told the website they don’t want the avenue named after him and Rodas. City councilman TimBen Boydston told TMZ that the street can’t be renamed without the support of the community, meaning the street name likely won’t get changed.

This week, Universal Pictures said it has delayed the release of “Fast & Furious 7” for almost a year.

The studio announced Monday that the “Fast & Furious” sequel will be released in April 2015, instead of July next year. Shooting on the film was about halfway finished when the 40-year-old Walker died in a car crash outside of Los Angeles.

Walker still will appear in the film, though Universal has not said exactly how it will handle his unfinished performance.

Co-star Vin Diesel first posted the news on Facebook, telling his fans that, “He’d want you to know first.”

The franchise has been one of Universal’s most lucrative, grossing almost $2.4 billion worldwide since 2001. The last film, “Fast & Furious 6,” made $789 million.

Production on “Fast & Furious 7” was on Thanksgiving break when Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, died in a fiery crash in Valencia on Nov. 30. Rodas, 38, was driving his 2005 Porsche Carrera GT with Walker in the passenger seat.

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have found no evidence of mechanical problems and have ruled out debris or other roadway conditions causing the car the slam into a light pole and tree. The investigation is ongoing, but law enforcement officials have said speed is believed to be the cause.

Shooting on “Fast & Furious 7” had been planned to resume in Atlanta two days after the crash, but Universal suspended production indefinitely.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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