The tragic death of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker remains in the news nearly 2 years after it happened, with his daughter now suing Porsche over the crash that killed him.
As a reminder, in November 2013, Walker was a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT when his friend Roger Rodas drove it into a pole, killing both men in a gulf of fire. Months of investigations by police revealed that the car was travelling at 94mph (151kph) in a 45mph zone when it crashed.
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His 16-year-old daughter Meadow has filed a wrongful death case against the German automaker for allegedly taking safety shortcuts when making the supercar. Interestingly, her lawsuit contends that the car was actually travelling much slower than what police investigators found when it spun out of control.
According to The Los Angeles Times, the legal document claims the car lacked “features that could have prevented the accident or, at a minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash,” claiming that Porsche knew the Carrera GT had a “history of instability and control issues.”
An emphasis is placed on the car’s seatbelts, which were supposedly so flawed in their design that they trapped Walker inside the car when it caught fire:
“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. Absent these defects in the Porsche Carrera GT, Paul Walker would be alive today.”
In 2014, Rodas’ widow filed a similar lawsuit but Porsche claimed that the crash was the driver’s fault and had nothing to do with any design flaws its car might have had. With regards to Meadow’s legal action, the company stated:
“As we have said before, we are very sad whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly establish that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed.”
I get the feeling that the little girl’s lawyers are grasping at the straws a bit too much. What do you think — is Porsche really at fault in Paul Walker’s death? Let us know in the comments below.