Widow of Driver in Paul Walker Crash Sues Porsche
By ETONLINE STAFF
May 12, 2014
The widow of Roger Rodas, the driver in the car accident that killed himself and Paul Walker, is suing Porsche for negligence, wrongful death and product liability.
According to court documents obtained by ET, Kristine Rodas claims that there was a faulty component in the suspension of the Porsche Carrera GT in question, which caused Roger to lose control.
The filing goes on to claim that the car was without the appropriate "crash cage" and "racing fuel cell" to keep the vehicle from exploding on impact.
While the "fuel cell" is said to be reserved for racecars, the court papers quote Porsche, saying, "Carrera GT is as close to a racecar as we will ever get."
A report by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department earlier this year concluded that the crash was due to speed and 9-year-old tires.
According to the report, the car was traveling 93 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone when it crashed and killed both Paul, 40, and Roger, 38. The report also determined that mechanical failure did not contribute to the crash, but two 9-year-old tires did. The law enforcement officials concluded that speed going into a tight curve was too much for Rodas, though he was a veteran racecar driver.
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