Paul Walker wrongful death lawsuit Porsche by daughter
Meadow Walker, the daughter of Paul Walker, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against carmaker Porsche nearly two years after her father’s death in a crash in Santa Clarita, California.
Paul Walker was in the passenger seat of his 2005 Porsche Carrera GT when his friend Roger Rodas, who was driving, lost control of the car and crashed into a tree. Both men died in the crash: the actor was 40, while Rodas was 38.
In a lawsuit filed Monday and obtained by EW, Meadow Walker also accuses Porsche of strict liability and negligence, and seeks a survival claim for an unspecific amount of damages to be determined in a jury trial.
“It is with great reluctance that Meadow Walker has authorized the filing of this lawsuit on her own behalf and as heir to Paul Walker’s estate,” Meadow Walker’s lawyer Jeff Milam said in a statement. “She’s a teenage girl who is still dealing with the tragic loss of her father.”
The lawsuit states the Porsche Carrera GT owned by Paul Walker “lacked safety features that are found on well-designed racing cars or even Porsche’s least expensive road cars — features that could have prevented the accident or, at a minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash.” One missing item was the electronic stability control system, “which is specifically designed to protect against the swerving actions inherent in hyper-sensitive vehicles of this type,” according to the suit.
“The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car,” Milam said in a statement. “It doesn’t belong on the street. And we shouldn’t be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas.”
Another fact the lawsuit disputes is the speed of the car at the time of crash. Law enforcement stated Rodas was going upward of 90 mph while Monday’s lawsuit asserts a maximum speed of 71 mph was reached.
In May of 2014, Rodas’ widow, Kristine Rodas, filed a wrongful death suit against Porsche, claiming neglience and poor vehicle design. This past April, Porsche released a statement that blamed Roger Rodas for the accident. “Roger Rodas’s death, and all other injuries or damages claimed, were the result of Roger Rodas’s own comparative fault,” attorneys for the car company said at the time.
A representative for Porsche did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment on the new lawsuit filed by Meadow Walker.