According to NY Daily News, the man has now been identified as Paul Walker’s longtime friend Newton Wimer, who would have seriously injured himself if he had not been stopped.
A source told the Daily News that Wimer, 27, was a fabricator and racing engineer at Walker and Rodas’s auto shop Always Evolving. “They were like family, like brothers. It's tough. They were childhood friends… He's exactly the person I'd expect to go head first into the fire to pull them out.”
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A friend also told Daily Mail, "Newt is absolutely devastated by what has happened. He is a brave man and he did everything he could that day. He would have carried on if he hadn’t been restrained. In fact it’s lucky he was or he could have died, too."