Who could forget Paul Walker in the Fast and the Furious movies? Well now the daughter of the late actor has sued Porsche for his wrongful death! She has been claiming that the sports car her actor father was riding in when he was killed had suffered from a number of design defects.
The lawsuit was filed by Meadow Rain Walker is seeking ‘unspecified damages’ for defects that her lawyers claim kept the actor trapped in the car. The model was a Porsche Carrera GT that crashed and burst into flames back in November 2013. Walker had at the time been on a break from filming the next movie in the Fast and Furious franchise when he got caught up in the fatal accident.
He was in the Carrera GT driven by his friend and business partner Roger Rodas when the car was said to spin out of control. It then struck three trees and exploded into flames on a street in Santa Clarita, California.
There were a number of wrongful-death suit claims stating that the car, which was marketed as a street-legal race car had lacked proper stability control. It also was said to have not had the right systems and safeguards in place to protect it’s occupants. There was nothing to stop it from catching fire after a collision. Which lawyers say was an obvious contributing factor towards the star and his companion’s demise.
“Absent these defects in the Porsche Carrera GT, Paul Walker would be alive today,” it is stated in the lawsuit. There was no immediate reply from the representatives of Porsche Cars North America. The 18-page lawsuit also includes a detailed recounting of the crash, stating that the Porsche was travelling 63 to 71mph when it spun out of control. Investigators, however, said that the Porsche was travelling much faster – up to 94mph – when it crashed.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol, who did the investigation, said that is was unsafe speed and not mechanical problems that caused the crash. That investigation of the wreckage was also helped by engineers from Porsche, it was they who evaluated the wreckage of the rare car.
Meadow Walker’s lawsuit says that Porsche did not include a stability control system in the Carrera GT model that Rodas was driving. However, it does in other Porshe models. It also claims the car did not have proper reinforcements in its doors, using used rubber fuel lines that did not release to prevent a fire in the crash (which is what they should have done.)
There were similar allegations to do with the design and safety defects in a wrongful death lawsuit by Mr Rodas’ widow, Kristine Rodas. This is also pending in a court in Los Angeles.
What do you think? Was the collision of the car to do with a mechanical fault? Perhaps it was something to with the speed that the car was travelling at. The investigations continue…