Paul Walker was killed in a terrifying single-car accident on Saturday. Walker was a passenger in a red Porsche Carrera GT driven by friend Roger Rodas, an owner of performance garage Always Evolving. Rodas and Walker were supporting a charity event car show for Reach Out Worldwide to aid the Philippines amid the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan. However, both lost their lives when the Porsche Carrera GT lost control, struck a pole, and trapped them in a blazing fire.

I was checking my cell phone at the Grimaldi's pizza parlor when I first learned about the incident. Many media outlets emphasized the reports were only rumors and promised to provide more information as the story developed. Eventually, my friend discovered an official statement written by Paul Walker's family and we quickly rushed back home so that I could publish the tragic news.

For the rest of the evening, my friend and I stayed up all night on a Fast and Furious binge as our way to honor his memory. In the movies, Paul Walker played Brian O’Connor next to Vin Diesel’s character, Dom Toretto. Together, the action duo looked invincible and unmatched. When it came to anything with four wheels, no one can come close. Never in a million years would we have thought a car accident could ever kill the hero of Fast and the Furious.

As the evening continued, I discovered the tidal wave of shock and grief resonated beyond the closely knit community of import car enthusiasts and Fast & Furious fans -- keywords "Paul Walker" and "Car Accident" shot to the top of the trends and every medium of social media was completely overwhelmed by news of Paul Walker's death.

In fact, another friend of mine, far removed from the influence of car culture, shared the following Facebook status: "Tonight I learned that a whole bunch of people care about Paul Walker..." Indeed, despite our flashy cars and our rowdy meets, our relatively small and anonymous community of diehard car enthusiasts live day to day unnoticed by society. That said, it's remarkable how a great loss can cause all of us to come together to allow our grief to be heard to the world.

However, as national media has now directed a spotlight over our fallen hero and our import car culture, it is important for us to represent ourselves in ways that will earn the respect of our community and make Paul Walker proud. Many fans of Paul Walker have pilgrimed to the crash site to mourn and offer flowers in his memory. However, Santa Clarita police are urging young drivers to refrain from burn outs, donuts, drifts, and other dangerous stunts on the public road. We ask car enthusiasts attending Paul Walker tribute car meets and events around the world to slow down, drive responsibly, and treat the streets with respect.

According to Fast & Furious 7 director James Wan, Paul Walker's death occurred during the Fast 7 crew's Thanksgiving break. Even though the cast and crew were supposed to return from Thanksgiving break this week, the overwhelming grief called for more time for the Fast 7 family to recover. Walker's death will not spell the end of the seventh movie. That said, even though the movie won't be scrapped, the movie will have to be delayed to redesign the plot and script.