'Fast & Furious' actor was riding in a Porsche Carrera GT when he died in November 2013
Paul Walker’s daughter is suing Porsche for wrongful death, alleging that the German marque’s design defects caused her father’s fatal car crash.
The Fast & Furious actor was riding in a Porsche Carrera GT being driven by his friend Roger Rodas on November 30, 2013 when the car spun out of control, collided with trees and burst into flames.
Both men were declared dead at the scene on a street in Santa Clarita, California. Following a four-month investigation, police concluded that the car was travelling at 94mph in a 45mph zone when the collision occurred, though Rodas’ widow contends that it was actually travelling at a slower speed of between 63 and 71mph.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday, the actor’s daughter, Meadow Rain Walker, claims that the Carrera GT lacked an adequate stability control system and was not equipped with sufficient safeguards to prevent it from catching fire in the event of a collision. She is seeking unspecified damages, the Associated Press reports.
The widow of Roger Rodas, Kristine Rodas, has included similar allegations of design defects in her own wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, which remains pending.
Paul Walker was midway through shooting Fast & Furious 7 at the time of his death. His scenes were later completed with help from his brothers and the car chase sequel, which was released this April, has gone on to become the fifth highest-grossing film of all time.