Porsche being sued over Paul Walker death crash

Posted on 13 May 2014 by The Manufacturer

Porsche is being sued by the widow of the man driving one of its sports cars involved in the crash that killed Hollywood actor Paul Walker.

Kristine M. Rodas, the wife of Roger W. Rodas, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming design flaws in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT were responsible for the deaths of both men in California last November.

She claims the 200mph top speed vehicle lacked a suitable crash cage and proper safety features in the fuel tank that would have saved the lives of her late husband and Fast and Furious star Walker.

Mrs Rodas claims her husband was driving at 55mph and not at 94mph determined by crash investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol.

Further disputing the investigation’s conclusion that unsafe speed and not mechanical problems caused the crash, the lawsuit says the car’s suspension system forced it to lose control and collide with three trees.

“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.

The lawsuit now seeks to gain undisclosed damages from Porsche Cars North America, which also lent its engineers to the original crash investigation.