Judge rules there was no evidence of wrongdoing
U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez has determined Porsche was not at fault for the accident which killed Paul Walker and Roger Rodas in 2013.
The suit was filed by Rodas' wife, Kristine, who claimed her husband was killed because the Carrera GT he was driving lacked several key safety features including a "crash cage" and fuel cell. The lawsuit also claimed the car's suspension failed before the fatal crash.
In his ruling, Gutierrez said there was not enough evidence to determine whether not or the car lacked proper safety components. The judge also said there was no evidence that the Carrera GT's suspension failed before the crash. As the judge explained, “[The] plaintiff has provided no competent evidence that Rodas’ death occurred as a result of any wrongdoing on the part of [the] defendant.”
Rodas intends to appeal the decision and Porsche is still facing two other lawsuits from Paul Walker's father and daughter. In the latter lawsuit, Porsche has said the Carrera GT Walker was riding in was improperly maintained and altered and those factors contributed to the crash.
Despite the claims against Porsche, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol have already concluded that crash was a result of excessive speeding and Roger Rodas' poor judgment. The autopsy report on Walker indicated he traveling at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour when he crashed but Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department puts that number at 93 mph.
Source: The Detroit News