The widow of the driver in the car crash that killed “Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker in November has sued Porsche, alleging that faults in the design of the automaker’s Carrera GT led to the deadly accident.
The lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of Roger Rodas’ widow, Kristine Rodas, The Times reports, and it contradicts a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s report that said the sports car was traveling at more than 90 mph along a road in a Santa Clarita business park when the accident occurred.
The suit says the car was traveling 55 mph when it “malfunctioned” and crashed, despite the efforts of Rodas, a veteran race car driver.
The suit says that the car’s suspension system caused it to careen out of control and that the 605-horsepower vehicle lacked a proper crash cage and safety features that would have saved the two men’s lives.
Rodas’ family is seeking unspecified damages from Porsche Cars North America. Porsche says the car is safe.
Walker died midway through filming “Fast & Furious 7,” prompting Universal Pictures to push the movie’s release from this summer to April 2015. Walker’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, recently joined the production to stand in for him and help finish the movie.