Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow Walker, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, the makers of the car her father was riding in when he was killed almost two years ago.
The Fast and Furious star’s only child, Walker alleges that the fiery crash that took the life of her father and his friend, Roger Rodas, was the direct result of the Porsche Carrera GT’s lack of safety features. According to the 16-year-old and her lawyers, these components “could have prevented the accident, or at minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash.”
The suit that was filed on Monday (Sept. 28) further blames the automaker for its awareness and refusal to correct the car’s dangerous qualities. Walker also and her lawyers say that the brand “failed to install its electronic stability control system, which is specifically designed to protect against the swerving actions inherent in hyper-sensitive vehicles of this type.” Additionally, court documents state that a “defective” seatbelt prevented the then 40-year-old Walker from fleeing the vehicle before the fire began.
Although the investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol found that the November 2013 to be the result of Rodas speeding at rates ranging from 80 to 93 MPH, Walker and her legal team refute the claims. According to the plaintiffs, the pair’s car was only going between 63 and 71 MPH before it burst into flames at a charity event for Walker’s organization, Reach Out Worldwide.
Reflecting on my father, I found myself reflecting on his passions. His passion for the ocean, his passion for rescuing animals, his passion for helping people and his passion for spontaneous goodwill. I wanted to start this foundation because I want to share that piece of him with the world. I want to share that part of him with others. I am tremendously proud to be launching The #PaulWalkerFoundation (@paulwalkerfdn) on his birthday. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my father. #DoGood
Jeff Milam, Meadow’s lawyer, said that the car should have never been on the market, let alone the open road. “The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car,” he said in statement. “It doesn’t belong on the street and we shouldn’t be without Paul Walker, or his friend Roger Rodas.”