Paul Walker’s father sues Porsche for wrongful death, negligence

26 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Actor Paul Walker’s father sues Porsche over fatal crash.

Now Paul Walker III, who is the executor of the star’s estate, is seeking unspecified damages against the manufacturer, claiming the vehicle lacked safety features that could have saved his life.

The father of the late Fast & Furious star Paul Walker is to become the latest family member to sue German carmaker Porsche over his son’s death, reports Entertainment Weekly. These include door reinforcements, a stability-controlled system and a breakaway fuel line to stop the car from bursting into flames following a collision. 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. LOS ANGELES – Paul Walker’s father sued Porsche for negligence and wrongful death Wednesday over the 2013 accident that killed the “Fast & Furious” star.

Her lawyers claimed the car had “a history of instability and control issues”, adding: “The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. In a seven-page defence of the earlier lawsuit, the car manufacturer stated he was aware of the “risk, perils and danger” involved in driving in the car. And we shouldn’t be without Paul Walker.” But Porsche claimed Paul was “a knowledgeable and sophisticated user of the 2005 Carrera GT” and should not have allowed the driver, his pal Roger Rodas, who also died, to have driven at such a high speed. They added that the car was “misused and improperly maintained.” However, Meadow’s attorney Jeff Milam responded: “”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.” Paul tragically died two years ago in Santa Clarita, California when his friend Roger Rodas lost control of the Carrera GT they were travelling in and hit a concrete lamppost, followed by two trees, before the car went up in flames.

Rodas’ widow, Kristine, who has a pending claim against Porsche in federal court, also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the carmaker in state court on Wednesday. Porsche has hit back, insisting that because the limited edition car had allegedly been “abused and altered” as well as “misused and improperly maintained”, Walker’s death was the actor’s “own comparative fault”. The investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol concluded that it was unsafe speed and not mechanical problems that caused the crash.

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