Paul Walker’s death is back in the news. LBN’s Emily Collins reports that Walker’s 16-year-old daughter, Meadow, has filed a lawsuit against Porsche AG, manufacturer of the automobile in which Walker died in a fiery crash in 2013. Walker was riding in a friend’s Porsche Carrera GT when the car crashed into a light pole and a tree, bursting into flames.
The Porsche in question was a sports car with a 605-horsepower engine that could reach speeds over 200 miles per hour. The complaint filed by Walker’s lawyer, Jeff Milam, alleges that the car lacked safety features found on well-designed racing cars, or even Porsche’s least expensive road cars, and that those safety features could either have prevented the crash or have allowed Paul Walker to survive it.
The Porsche involved in the crash was driven by Roger Rodas, Paul Walker’s friend and financial adviser. Rodas was apparently driving at a high speed when the crash occurred. Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department consulted with Porsche technicians and concluded that high speeds, not mechanical issues, caused the crash. The lawsuit also maintains that the car had instability and control issues and that a seatbelt problem contributed to Paul Walker’s death.
The widow of Roger Rodas sued Porsche in 2014 for Rodas’s death, alleging that faults with the design and suspension of the Porsche led to the crash. Porsche has denied liability in that lawsuit.
LBN will continue to follow the lawsuit.
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