As most Motor Authority readers know, Paul Walker, famous for his role in the Fast & Furious movie franchise, died in a fiery car crash involving a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT back in November 2013.
Walker was a passenger in the Carrera GT which was being driven by friend, business partner, and race car driver Roger Rodas. While it’s unclear what actually caused the crash, Rodas lost control of the supercar and crashed into a tree and then a street light. Soon thereafter, the car caught fire. It’s said the car was traveling at speeds above 90 mph in a 45 mph zone.
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Rodas’ wife, Kristine, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, claiming the car didn’t protect Rodas during the crash which ultimately lead to his death. Paul Walker’s father and 16-year-old daughter filed also filed wrongful death suits against Porsche.
For its part, Porsche claimed that Paul Walker’s death is on him, and noted that it felt that particular Carrera GT had been “abused and altered” as well as “misused and improperly maintained,” and that the risks “were open and obvious.”
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According to TMZ, a judge refuted many of the claims laid out by the lawsuit filed by Roda’s wife. The lawsuit claimed four defects and the judge shot each of them down. The judge said its unclear if alleged defects in the Carrera GT caused the crash that killed Rodas and Walker.
While a judge has yet to rule on the suits filed by Walker’s father and daughter, it’s likely this recent ruling foreshadows what is coming.
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