Paul Walker’s Father Files Lawsuit Against Porsche Over Son’s Fatal Crash

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Now, Paul Walker’s dad sues Porsche over crash.

Paul Walker’s father filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche on Wednesday, Nov. 26, claiming that the car his son was riding in lacked safety features that could have saved his life, the Associated Press reports. The Fast & Furious star died in November 2013 in a fiery car accident in Santa Clarita, Calif., that also killed his friend Roger Rodas, the driver of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT.

The lawsuit cites features included in other pending lawsuits against the automaker over the crash that might have saved the actor’s life, including a stability control system, side-door reinforcements and a breakaway fuel line to help prevent the car from bursting into flames after a collision. Walker’s father is the executor of his son’s estate, and the lawsuit is similar to one filed by the actor’s 17-year-old daughter, Meadow, in September.

The lawsuit comes little more than a week after Porsche hit back at another lawsuit filed by Paul’s daughter Meadow, who was just 14 when he passed away, over safety issues. On Nov. 12, Porsche stated in a court filing that the Carrera GT had been altered and improperly maintained and those factors contributed to the deaths of Walker and Rodas. The company rejected claims their design was at fault, claiming the car “was abused and altered,” as well as “misused and improperly maintained.” Porsche added there could be “comparative fault” meaning Paul was partially accountable for his death, which could result in any pay-out from them being reduced.

Meadow’s lawyers responded in a statement: “It is beyond regrettable that Porsche is trying to deflect its own responsibility by blaming the victim for his own death by getting into the passenger seat of its Carrera GT. “Contrary to Porsche’s assertions, the facts are clear: Paul was the passenger in a car that was not designed to protect its occupants, in a crash on a dry, empty straightaway in broad daylight and at speeds well below the vehicle’s advertised capabilities. “If Porsche had designed the car to include proper safety features, Paul would have survived, he would be filming Fast and Furious 8 and Meadow Walker would have the father she adored.” Investigators previously confirmed there was no “mechanical failure” involved in the fatal collision, which happened mid-way through filming for Furious 7, which went on to gross over £1billion worldwide.

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