Few movie fans or car enthusiasts can forget the tragic death of Paul Walker which occurred just under two years ago in November 2013. The 40 year old movie star, best known for appearing in the Fast and Furious movie franchise, died in an accident involving a Porsche Carrera GT car, driven by his friend Roger Rodas. Rodas was also killed in the crash.
The pair were appearing at a charity event for Paul Walker’s own charitable foundation Reach Out Worldwide in the Porsche car, and were, according to the Sheriff’s Department of Los Angeles County, doing up to 93 miles per hour when they crashed. They collided with several trees and a pole. After investigation, the fatalities were attributed to reckless driving and speed.
Meadow Walker’s Claims Against Porsche
Paul Walker’s death was mourned by fans all over the world, and the movie franchise that made him famous paid homage to his role in the films by using a CGI Paul Walker to complete many of the scenes in Fast and Furious 7, which was released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim. Closer to home, his family were devastated by his tragic death and now, his 16 year old daughter Meadow Walker believes that problems in the Porsche Carrera GT’s design actually caused his death by preventing him from getting out of the vehicle after the impact (which he reportedly survived), leaving him to be burned to death as the stricken car caught on fire.
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Meadow Walker believes that her father could have survived the incident had the seatbelt not pulled him back so hard his pelvis and ribs were broken, leaving him unable to get out of the passenger seat of the Porsche vehicle. Her lawsuit also claims that the car does not feature sufficient safeguards to prevent it from catching fire after a collision.
The combination of these factors suggest that Walker, due to his injuries was unable to escape the blaze that took his life, and was subjected to a painful and horrific death in the fire. No figure has as yet been revealed in terms of how much Meadow’s claim is for.
At the time Meadow Walker’s lawsuit was reported, Porsche had issued an initial response but had not yet seen and reviewed the claims made against them. Calvin Kim, who is a spokesman for the German luxury car giant, stated: “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.”
The Porsche Carrera GT is a ‘supercar’ and one of the fastest road legal cars on the market, which is also used for racing. It will be interesting to see how this high profile lawsuit affects the high end car industry, given that Paul Walker was such a passionate motoring enthusiast and fan of these kinds of vehicles.