Paul Walker Wrongful Death Lawsuit: Judge Rules Porsche Is Not at Fault
By Jackie Willis
The courts ruled in Porsche's favor on Monday in a wrongful death lawsuit that sought to hold the company responsible for the fatal crash that took the lives of Paul Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, in November 2013.
Rodas' wife, Kristine Rodas, filed the suit claiming that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT had defects that caused the crash that killed her husband, the driver of the vehicle, and the Fast and Furious star.
Kristine alleged negligence, wrongful death and product liability against Porsche, but, in papers obtained by ET, the judge did not find substantial evidence to validate such claims.
While Kristine and her legal counsel attempted to prove that a "properly functioning crash cage" could have prevented Roger's death, the judge pointed out that her husband's fatal injuries were endured when he was hurled into Paul and had nothing to do with the passenger compartment.
The court also shot down the allegation regarding "substandard side impact protection," because the force of the crash was said to have come from the front of the vehicle, not on the side, when it hit a light pole.
It was also argued that the fuel cell was allegedly compromised in the Carrera GT, which resulted in a fire after the crash. However, the judge said that "undisputed evidence shows Rodas did not die from fire or sustain any injuries from fire prior to his death."
As for the claim of a "failure of the suspension component," it was ruled that there was not enough evidence to put Porsche at fault.
While the auto manufacturer saw a major win this week, it still faces another wrongful death and negligence lawsuit filed by Walker's daughter, Meadow. The 17 year old's lawsuit against Porsche was filed in September and alleges that the actor, who was 40 at the time of his death, "survived the physical forces of the collision," but it was ultimately the design flaws of the vehicle that caused him to become trapped in the car during the fire.
ET has reached out to Meadow's attorney for comment on this recent outcome in court.