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Paul Walker’s Daughter Files Wrongful-Death Suit Against Porsche

Suit alleges design flaws contributed to crash and death of Fast & Furious actor.

Jason Udy
Sep 29, 2015

Meadow Walker, the 16-year-old daughter of the late actor Paul Walker, has filed a wrongful-death suit against Porsche for the death of her father nearly two years ago, The Los Angeles Times reports. The lawsuit alleges that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT Paul Walker was riding in had design defects that contributed to the crash and trapped the 40-year-old actor inside the car leading to his death.

Porsche Cars North America and Beverly Hills Porsche are named as defendants in the suit. Porsche has not responded to our requests for comment.

According to the suit, the Carrera GT allegedly had known instability issues that the automaker failed to address as well as a seatbelt design that prevented Walker from exiting the car before it was fully engulfed in flames.

As a result of the crash, the shoulder belt anchor separated with the rear engine compartment and the seat belt anchor remained intact. "This snapped Walker's torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis, flattening his seat and trapping him in a supine position, where he remained alive until the vehicle erupted into flames one minute and 20 seconds later," the lawsuit alleges.

Other allegations cite design flaws including substandard material for the side door reinforcement bars and the lack of fuel hose fittings that can break free in a crash. The fuel hose on the Carrera GT tore and led to the fire that engulfed the car Walker was riding in.

A statement released by Meadow's attorney Jeff Milam said the suit was filed "with great reluctance" and she won't be commenting on it. The statement went on to say, "She's a teenage girl who is still dealing with the tragic loss of her father. The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn't belong on the street."

Walker died in November 2013 when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT he was riding in crashed into several trees and then a street light in Santa Clarita, Calif. Roger Rodas, Walker's friend and financial advisor, was the owner and driver of the car when it crashed. Rodas was killed on impact, while Walker died within seconds of the crash after suffering traumatic injuries and burns, according to the investigation.

Originally, a police investigation cited excessive speed and not mechanical issues as the cause of the crash, and department collision experts declared the car was traveling between 80 and 93 mph. But the new lawsuit alleges that the car was traveling between 63 and 71 mph when Rodas lost control. An earlier lawsuit filed by Rodas' widow claims the car was traveling at 55 mph. The speed limit on the road in question is 45 mph.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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