Porsche blames ‘Fast and Furious’ star Paul Walker for his death in crash
Attorneys for Porsche say “The Fast and the Furious” actor Paul Walker knew the risks of riding in a 2005 Carrera GT and conducted himself in a manner that ultimately led to his death in a fiery car crash two years ago.
Porsche’s lawyers in court documents filed Thursday said Walker was to blame for his own death. Walker, 40, was sitting in the passenger seat of his friend Roger Rodas’ 2005 Porsche Carrera GT when they crashed on Nov. 30, 2013. Rodas, who was behind the wheel, was traveling 90 mph before it slammed into trees and a concrete street light in Santa Clarita, killing the pair.
“Mr. Walker’s death, and all other injuries or damages claimed, were the result of Mr. Walker’s own comparative fault,” Porsche’s attorneys said in court documents.
Rafael Lopez of Santa Clarita places a sign at a memorial at the site where actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were killed in a car crash Nov. 30, 2013.(Christina House / For The Times)
According to Porsche, the Carrera was misused and improperly maintained. Walker, the automaker said, was “a knowledgeable and sophisticated user” of the sports car.
Porsche’s response comes nearly two months after the actor’s daughter, Meadow Walker, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the German car company.
Her attorney Jeff Milam, said Porsche was deflecting its responsibility by blaming Walker for his death. He said Porsche’s Carrera GT was not designed to protect its occupants in a crash, even at speeds below its 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.”
Meadow Walker’s lawsuit alleges that Porsche took safety shortcuts while building the Carrera GT, which it marketed as a race car with a 605-horsepower engine capable of up to 205 mph.
After consulting with Porsche technicians, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol, investigators concluded that unsafe speed was responsible for the crash, not mechanical problems.
Walker died of traumatic injuries and burns within seconds of the crash, according to the L.A. County coroner’s office. Rodas, 38, was killed on impact.
Staff writer Corina Knoll contributed to this report.
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