Meadow Rain Walker, the 16-year old daughter of late actor Paul Walker, has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the car that her father was a passenger in the night he was killed.
Paul Walker, who was one of the stars in the Fast and Furious franchise, was killed in November 2013 when his friend Roger Rodas crashed his 2005 Porsche Carrera GT into a lamppost. Rodas and Walker were both killed from a combination of traumatic injuries and serious burns when the car caught fire. An investigation revealed that the car was travelling between 80 and 93 mph at the time, in an area where the speed limit was 45 mph.
The lawsuit alleges that the car had numerous design flaws that were responsible for the deaths. Meadow Walker’s attorney, Jeff Milam, released the following statement, via CNN.
“The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn’t belong on the street. And we shouldn’t be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas.”
The lawsuit alleges “the vehicle lacked safety features that are found on well-designed racing cars or even Porsche’s least expensive road cars — features that could have prevented the accident or, at a minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash.”
The official investigation by the LAPD states that high speed was the sole cause of the accident and that “no pre-existing conditions that would have caused this collision.” The lawsuit alleges that Porsche made this particular vehicle less safe than others by using a weaker material for side door reinforcements and installing it inadequate welds.
A spokesperson for Porsche has denied these claims.
“We believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly established that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed,” said the spokesperson.