Meadow Rain, late actor Paul Walker’s daughter sues Porsche for her father’s death. She has filed a lawsuit on Monday on accusations of wrongful-death.
On November 2013, the renowned Fast & Furious star met his demise in a car crash which investigators have later determined to be caused by reckless driving. 38-year-old Roger Rodas was behind the wheel at the time, with Walker on the passenger seat in front. The car crashed in a concrete lamppost in a 45 miles per hour speed zone in the Valencia neighborhood of Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County.
CCTV recorded the crash, showing the car speeding towards the lamppost and then bursting into flames. The coroner’s report stated that the vehicle was travelling at 100 miles per hour. However, Meadow claims that her father would still be alive if the Porsche Carrera GT had sufficient safety features installed.
“The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn’t belong on the street,” argued Jeff Milam, Walker’s attorney, in an interview with CNN. He also stated that there are numerous faults in the design, including the model’s seat belts. According to the lawsuit, the seat belts further aggravated Walker’s injuries when the car hit the lamppost, also making it impossible for him to escape and preventing proper assistance on the scene.
Meadow further blames Porsche for using what she believes to be weaker material for the Carrera GT’s side doors and also for the use of fuel hose that lacked fittings, which allegedly helped spread the fire. Investigators however found no pre-existing conditions that would have caused the car’s collision.
Their report specified that the car was functioning properly prior to the crash and that the airbags deployed immediately as the car hit the light pole and nearby trees. The spokesperson for Porsche Cars North America, Calvin Kim, rejected to comment on the issue, saying the company has not yet seen the lawsuit but reaffirmed that Porsche accepts the investigators’ conclusion of a tragic accident caused by “reckless driving and excessive speeding.”
Rodas’ family and relatives have not yet commented on the issue, despite a lawsuit in December 2014, filed by Walker’s father, over disagreements on revenue generated by a group of automobiles jointly shared by Rodas and Walker. Meadow and her lawyer insist however that the fault lies with the manufacturing company and that faulty designs and lack of safety features are to blame for the tragedy.
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