Kristine M. Rodas, the widow of the Roger Rodas who was driving a Porsche sports car that crashed and resulted in the death of actor Paul Walker, has sued Porsche on May 12, 2014. She filed a lawsuit claiming that the Porsche Carrera GT Walker and Rodas were on had a defective part in the car that caused the accident and death of both men on November 30, 2013 in Valencia, California.
The said lawsuit by Ms. Rodas states that her husband was driving at 55 mph which is considered a safe speed as law enforcement investigators determined before the accident. While back in March 2014, the CHP released its investigation result according to which the speed of the car at the time of the crash was between 80 and 93 MPH.
Roger Rodas was driving a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT capable of more than 200 mph, but his wife’s lawsuit states that the vehicle has multiple design flaws i.e. lacked a proper crash cage and safety features in the gas tank and a racing fuel cell. These features if present there would have saved both men’s lives.
The lawsuit also asserts that a malfunction in the car’s suspension system forced the car to reel out of control and strike three trees while driving down a street in Santa Clarita, California.
“The Carrera GT was unsafe for its intended use by reason of defects in its manufacture, design, testing, component, and constituents, so that it would not safely serve its purpose,” states the lawsuit wherein parts of it was published in a TIME Magazine report. These documents were filed in the L.A. County Superior Court.
The lawsuit seeks compensation (not stipulated) from Porsche Cars North America. The automaker has reportedly not replied to email messages seeking comments about the said lawsuit. Ms. Rodas’ attorney, Mark Geragos, said that he engaged the experts in the state to appraise the damage. She’s filed the lawsuit for negligence, wrongful death, and product liability.
Ms. Rodas also contends Porsche neglected several lethal accidents that had taken place in the Carrera GT and certainly not took initiatives to warn customers. However, these allegations contradict with the results of an investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol, which was released in March 2014.
The late “Fast & Furious” heartthrob Paul Walker and Rodas co-owned an auto racing team which Rodas named “Always Evolving.” Walker also started a non-profit organization named Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW).
Walker’s sudden demise occurred while he was on a break from filming “Fast & Furious 7.”
Now, the actor’s two brothers Cody and Caleb Walker are helping complete the remaining action scenes in the film.
Paul Walker’s final performance in “Fast and Furious 7” is scheduled for release in U.S. theatres on April 10, 2015.
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