Porsche says reckless driving and excessive speeding killed Paul Walker. The German car company says this in response to the actor’s daughter, Meadow Walker lawsuit on September 28 blaming the company for the wrongful death of her dad in 2013.
16-year-old Meadow claims that the 2005 Carrera GT her ‘Fast & Furious’ actor dad was riding in had specific design flaws that contributed to his untimely demise. The lawsuit states that the star was not killed on impact after the driver of the vehicle hit a concrete lamppost and two trees but was in fact alive when the sports car caught fire, reports TMZ.
“As we have said before, we are saddened whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly established that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed,” a rep for Porsche tells CNN while admitting that Porsche has yet to review the lawsuit and would not comment on specifics relating to the case.
Lawyers representing Meadow claim that when the Carrera GT crashed, Walker’s seat belt “snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis,”
The suit then claims the actor was trapped in the car when nearly a minute and a half later the Porsche caught fire while he was still alive and further alleges that: “Paul Walker breathed soot into his trachea while the Porsche Carrera GT burned.”
According to the law enforcement reports at the time, the speed Roger Rodas, who owned the Porsche, was driving at was between 80 and 93 MPH, but the lawsuit claims the vehicle was traveling between 63 and 71 MPH. The suit also alleges that Porsche has been aware of their Carrera GT having ‘a history of instability and control issues.’
Lawyers for Meadow also claim that that Porsche could have easily solved the problem by installing a stability management system, which is standard for other models made by Porsche.