Paul Walker’s daughter Meadow-Rain, 16, has filed a wrongful death suit against Porsche, claiming the 2005 limited edition Carrera GT sports car he was riding in with friend Roger Rodas had multiple design flaws, including a “history of instability and control issues,” as well as seatbelts designed in such a way that at in a crash the shoulder belt anchor would be “pulled along with the rear engine compartment while the seat anchor would remain in place during a crash.”
According to the filing, this flaw ended up causing Paul Walker’s torso back with “thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis, flattening his seat and trapping him in a supine position, where he remained alive until the vehicle erupted into flames 1 minute and 20 seconds later.”
Walker, best known for his role as Brian O’Conner in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, died during a firey car crash in Southern California on November 30, 2013, during a few days off in the filming of the 7th installment in the popular series. He was 40. The movie was completed using his brother as body doubles.
Walker and Rodas, 38, had just left an event for Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Rodas’s red Porsche, when Rodas (who was driving) lost control and crashed into a concrete lamppost and 2 trees on Hercules St. at around 80-90 mph in a 45 miles per hour speed zone near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita, CA. The crash and ensuing fire was caught on film by a security camera. Both men died at the seen, and their bodies burned to beyond recognition. Although the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol investigation determined the speed using post-crash data calculations provided by technicians working for Porsche (in March 2014), Meadow Walker’s suit contends that they were not traveling at more than 71 mph.
Meanwhile, Porsche has denied any responsibility for the accident and released a statement in response to the wrongful death suit Monday stating, “As we have said before, we are very sad whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly establish that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed.”