On Monday Paul Walker’s daughter filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, claiming the sports car he was riding in had multiple design flaws. The suit, filed on behalf of 16-year-old Meadow Rain Walker, seeks unspecified damages for defects it alleges contributed to her father’s death.
According to Calvin Kim with Porsche Cars North America the automaker hasn’t seen the lawsuit and wouldn’t comment on specifics.The actor who was best known for his role as Brian O’Conner in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, had his life cut short in a car crash in Southern California on November 30, 2013, during a few days off in the filming of the seventh movie in the popular series.
The lawsuit alleges “the vehicle 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.”
According to the court document the 2005 Carrera GT should have come with an electronic stability control system to protect against swerving. The lawsuit claims the car also lacked adequate side door reinforcement bars and had defective rubber fuel lines.
An investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said it was speed that killed the 40 year old “Fast & Furious” star. The report said the high-performance 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was traveling “between 80 and 93 mph at the time the car impacted a power pole and several trees.”
However the lawsuit portrays a much-slower moving vehicle that was traveling “at approximately 63 to 71 mph when it suddenly went out of control.” Walker and friend 38 year old Roger Rodas, had no drugs or alcohol in their blood and both men were wearing seat belts.
The report also said nothing mechanical went wrong to cause the Porsche to leave the wide road. An autopsy discovered “scant soot” in Walker’s trachea, suggesting his life ended before the smoke and fire engulfed the car.
Walker’s body was badly burned “and in a defensive stance as well as Rodas. In regards to his injuries the report claims, Walker suffered fractures of his left jawbone, collarbone, pelvis, ribs and spine and Rodas “rapidly died of severe blunt head, neck and chest trauma.
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