The day after Paul Walker’s Porsche Carrera GT crashed into a tree, tragically killing both Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, investigators announced that speed may have played a factor in the crash.

But for actor and former race car driver Jason Priestley, who was briefly hospitalized in 2002 after crashing a race car into a wall at 180 mph, this announcement was overly cautious—speed definitely played a role in the crash.

“All you have to do is look at the video and the photographs that people shot on their iPhone,”; Priestley told ET Canada. “I mean, there was nothing left of that car. That was a huge impact. They were going, I can only imagine, at a very high rate of speed. Tragic, tragic loss of life.”;

“I know the Porsche Carrera GT,”; Priestly added. “It’s basically a street legal race car.”;

Although Priestley never worked with Walker, he knew Walker by reputation. “He was one of the nice guys in Hollywood, and it’s a shame. It’s a real shame to lose him.”;

Priestley, who over the last decade has slowly amassed an impressive list of credits as a TV director, recently made his feature film debut with Cas & Dylan starring Richard Dreyfuss. “I was absolutely terrified that I was going to have Richard Dreyfuss in my film because it meant that I was going to have to direct Richard Dreyfuss, and how do you do that?”; Priestley said. “Who am I to tell Richard Dreyfuss what to do? I had to figure out how to do that.”;

Cas & Dylan opened the Whistler film festival yesterday