The only daughter of actor Paul Walker – who passed away in a car crash in November 2013 – has been awarded a settlement of just over $10million (£7million) in compensation.
The payment comes from the estate of Walker’s friend Roger Rodas. Rodas was driving the Porsche that crashed into a tree with Walker as a passenger on November 31, 2013, and also died in the accident.
Court documents show that Rodas was not doing anything particularly dangerous at the time of the crash, and Rodas’ estate have admitted only “partial” responsibility for the accident, with a legal case also ongoing against Porsche.
The lawyer for Walker’s 17-year-old daughter Meadow, Jeff Milam released a statement on the settlement, saying: “The amount paid by the estate of Roger Rodas into a trust for Meadow Walker only covers a fraction of what her father would have earned as an international movie star had his life not tragically been cut short.”
“Through his estate, Mr. Rodas, the driver of the car, took partial responsibility for the crash. Meadow’s lawsuit against Porsche AG—a $13 billion corporation—intends to hold the company responsibility for producing a vehicle that was defective and caused Paul Walker’s death.”
Paul Walker was 40 when he died.
A statement on his official Facebook page at the time said “He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time.”
The BBC reported emergency services found a car engulfed in flames when they responded to reports of a collision. The two people found in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.
Walker was filming Furious 7 at the time of his death, having starred in the previous six versions of the movie series. The movie went on to gross more than £1billion worldwide.