Paul Walker Daughter Meadow Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Porsche
Paul Walker’s daughter has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, alleging the car company is responsible for the actor’s fatal crash.
As Gossip Cop has reported, Walker and his friend and business partner Roger Rodas were both killed nearly two years ago when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT Rodas was driving crashed. According to Meadow’s lawsuit, though, it was not the impact that caused Walker to die. Rather, it’s alleged deficiencies in the car’s structure trapped the injured star inside, leaving him to burn to death as the vehicle exploded in flames.
The legal documents claim the seatbelt the Fast & Furious star was wearing “snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis.” It’s alleged that he was unable to remove himself from the vehicle, and was still alive when the fire erupted a full one minute and 20 seconds after the crash itself. The papers specifically state Walker “breathed soot into his trachea while the Porsche Carrera GT burned.”
Furthermore, the suit claims Rodas was traveling between 63 and 71 MPH when he lost control of the car, less than the 80 to 93 MPH previously cited by law enforcement, which had blamed the crash on speed. But Meadow’s filing asserts that the issue was the Porsche’s lack of a stability management system, which would’ve aided in course-correction. It’s alleged the company chose not to install the program into this particular vehicle model, despite it being a standard feature in other offerings and Porsche being aware of the Carrera GT’s alleged “history of instability and control issues.”
Additionally, the lawsuit claims the car had inadequate fuels lines to minimize the chance of fire, as well as poor door reinforcements. So, while Walker’s cause of death was previously said to be the result of impactful and thermal injuries, Meadow is alleging Porsche is ultimately responsible for designing a car with several faulty factors. “The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn’t belong on the street,” the 16-year-old’s attorney tells TMZ. “And we shouldn’t be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas.”
It’s worth noting the lawsuit’s filing does not request a particular amount in financial damages. Porsche has not yer responded to the suit, though it was previously speculated that mechanical errors and vehicle malfunctioning contributed to the tragedy. Earlier this year, however, in response to a civil suit filed by Rodas’ family alleging a car defect, Porsche denied it was at fault and blamed the crash entirely on Rodas himself.