Paul Walker’s father sues Porsche over son’s fatal crash

26 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

LOS ANGELES — Paul Walker’s father sued Porsche for negligence and wrongful death Wednesday over the November 2013 accident that killed the Fast & Furious star. Walker snr – the executor of his son’s estate – is suing the company over the 2013 crash and claims the vehicle in which his son was a passenger lacked safety features which could have saved his life, reports our sister paper The Mirror . He has claimed that the Carrera GT lacked features including door reinforcements, a stability-controlled system and a breakaway fuel line to stop the car from bursting into flames following a collision.

Walker’s father is seeking unspecified damages – and it comes a week after Porsche responded to a wrongful death lawsuit from his daughter Meadow Rain . 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. Walker’s daughter and heir, Meadow Walker, 17, filed a similar wrongful death suit suit against Porsche in September, arguing that the car, marketed as a street-legal race car, lacked a proper stability control system and safeguards to protect occupants and keep it from catching fire after a collision. In her court papers, she claimed design flaws left her father trapped in the sports car as the vehicle burst into flames. “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,” he wrote in a statement.

Meadow Walker claims the car’s seatbelts were poorly designed to effectively trap passengers in the event of a crash, and is denying suggestions in a police report that the Porsche was travelling at around 90mph when the accident happened. 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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