Wife of Driver in Paul Walker Crash Suing Porsche
After the shock and mourning has worn off from an untimely death, the ugly stuff starts to trickle out. In the case of the Paul Walker crash, the wife of the man driving at the time of the crash is suing Porsche.
Kristine M. Rodas, wife of Roger Rodas, is suing the German sportscar maker, claiming the car was traveling at 55 mph when the crash occurred, and that the Carrera GT he was driving was defective.
If that 55 mph figure doesn’t sound right, that is because the attorney for Rodas hired his own investigator that came up with that number. That is a far different speed than the 94 mph that investigators concluded the GT was traveling at when it crashed. Rodas’ attorney is trying to dispute that 94-mph finding.
With respect to the Rodas family, the finding of the lawyer’s own investigation is both convenient and suspect. If the car WAS traveling 55 mph, Rodas would come off as far less reckless, and damages might be sought from Porsche.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's FARS database, speed is a prevalent cause of fatalities in automobile accidents, but almost 1,500 people died in crashes driving less than 35 miles per hour every year. Even at 55 miles per hour, driving an automobile comes with some assumption of risk.