On November 30, 2013, Paul Walker – known for his work with Vin Diesel in The Fast and The Furious movie series – jumped into the passenger side of a 605 horsepower, 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. He sped off with his friend and financial advisor Roger Rodas. The pair tore through the streets of Santa Clarita at a 90 M.P.H. until the driver – Rodas – lost control of the vehicle. The two men slammed into several trees and a concrete street light before the car burst into flames. Both men died at the scene. At the time, Walker’s daughter was only 13. She had to come to grips with the death of her father at a very young age.
Today, the teenager has a different view on the car accident that claimed her father’s life. She’s filed a wrongful death suit against Porsche AG.
As reported by the LA Times, the young woman alleges that defects found in the vehicles weight, fuel hose, and functionality was known by the automaker, which did nothing to repair the car. The suit goes on to suggest that Walker’s death was caused by a faulty seat belt design that crushed his torso, killing him instantly. The suit also suggests the L.A. County’s Sheriff and California Highway Patrol overestimated the speed the car was traveling.
Mr. Rodas’ widow filed a similar suit last year, to which Porsche contends there is nothing wrong with their vehicle.
Porsche AG and the other defendants named in the suit haven’t released any statements on the case.
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