Thousands expected at Paul Walker memorial in Santa Clarita

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Friends, fans and high-performance car enthusiasts are heading to Santa Clarita for a memorial for "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker, who was killed there last week in a high-speed car crash.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies are anticipating thousands of people at Sunday's memorial for the actor who died when the Porsche Carrera GT he was riding in smashed into a light pole and tree. Also killed was Walker's friend Roger Rodas, who was driving.

Scores of people were already milling around the area hours before the memorial was scheduled to start at noon.

Many people arrived in high-performance cars, and the air was filled with the sounds of engines revving.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department has issued a traffic alert for the area, anticipating heavy traffic for the "unsanctioned" event: 

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, December 8, traffic will be altered, making Kelly Johnson Parkway a one way street, west of Constellation Road, which will continue to Alta Vista Drive. Alta Vista Drive will be a one-way street, eastbound to Copperhill. There will be no westbound traffic on Alta Vista or Constellation Road. Local access to area businesses will be permitted during that time.

In the interest of public safety, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department encourages those choosing to travel through the area to exercise extreme caution. Traffic is anticipated to be heaviest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Authorities are urging people not to break any traffic laws.

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