Daughter of Paul Walker Suing Porsche Over His Death
Paul Walker’s daughter is suing Porsche with the claim poor safety design caused her father’s death. The Fast and Furious star was a passenger in his Porsche Carrera GT when it crashed into trees and burst into flames. He and the driver were both killed. In the lawsuit, Meadow Rain Walker, 16, says the Porsche Carrera GT, which was sold as a street-legal racecar, had neither proper stability control nor fire suppression systems. She claims it was lacking other safeguards one would expect from a racecar. RELATED: Paul Walker’s Estate Suing for Missing Cars
The lawsuit, according to TMZ.com, contends Porsche knew the Carrerra GT had stability issues but chose not to install a Porsche Stability Management System. High-performance cars like the Carrerra GT frequently don’t have stability management systems.
A lawsuit filed by the widow of the driver, Roger Rodas, makes similar claims and is pending in federal court in Los Angeles. Rodas was a business partner of Walker.
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However, the Associated Press reports the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol concluded in their investigation that high speed was the cause of the accident and not mechanical issues. Law enforcement estimated the Porsche was traveling up to 94 mph when it crashed. The AP says Porsche did not respond for comment.
Both lawsuits contend the speed was lower. Walker claimed in her suit the car was being operated at a speed of 63 to 71 mph. Rodas’ widow said her husband was driving at 55 mph when the crash occurred.
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The Walker estate has been litigious. As previously reported here at BoldRide, Richard Taylor and helpers are accused of removing over 30 of Walker’s cars from a warehouse. The estate claims it happened within 24 hours of the Nov. 30, 2013 fiery fatal crash.
Walker’s estate is also suing the estate of Roger Rodas. The suit alleges Rodas’ estate is also in possession of vehicles owned by the Walker estate. Walker had an extensive collection including the Toyota Supra and Nissan GT-R pictured above.