Paul Walker’s daughter suing Porsche; auto maker blames driver/speed
The 16 year old daughter of actor Paul Walker is suing auto maker Porsche.
Meadow Walker is suing Porsche for wrongful death after her dad died after being trapped inside a 2005 Carrera GT model he was test-driving along with his friend, Roger Rodas.
According to the lawsuit, Walker’s seat belt “snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis,” and trapping him in the passenger seat after the car crashed and broke apart. The lawsuit notes that the fire didn’t erupt for over a minute until after the crash, and that Paul was still alive inside the vehicle.
“Paul Walker breathed soot into his trachea while the Porsche Carrera GT burned,” the suit alleges.
Meanwhile, Porsche has released a statement today, pointing fingers at those in the car.
“We have not seen the lawsuit and therefore cannot comment on its specifics,” said Porsche spokesperson Calvin Kim said. “As we have said before, we are saddened whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly established that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed.”
An investigation of the fiery crash of the 2005 Porsche Carrera CT found that speed was the cause of the accident. In the complaint filed on September 28, Meadow Rain Walker’s lawyers say that Walker died because the car lacked the necessary electronic stability control system and he was trapped in the burning vehicle by a “defective” seat belt, among other causes.
November 30th will mark the 2 year anniversary of Walker’s death.