Paul Walker's daughter files wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche
Two years after his untimely death, Paul Walker's daughter has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, claiming that the vehicle he was riding in had design flaws that prevented him from escaping from the wreck.
The Fast and Furious movie star was travelling as a passenger in a 2005 Carrera GT when it was involved in the fatal crash in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, in November 2013.
Lawyers representing Walker's daughter, 16-year-old Meadow, claim the 40-year-old star was not killed on impact when the driver, Roger Rodas, hit a concrete lamppost and two trees, arguing that Walker was in fact still alive when the Carrera caught fire.
According to TMZ, lawyers said that when the Carrera GT crashed, the seat belt "snapped Walker's torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis".
The lawsuit also claims the actor was trapped in the car for almost a minute and a half before the sports car caught fire. The lawsuit alleges: "Paul Walker breathed soot into his trachea while the Porsche Carrera GT burned."
Although the Carrera GT was clocked travelling at speeds of up to 93mph, the lawsuit claims Rodas was in fact driving between 63 and 71mph. According to documents obtained by TMZ, the lawsuit also alleges that the German carmaker is aware of this particular model suffering from "a history of instability and control issues".
Meadow's representatives also claim the actor's death could have been prevented by installing a stability management system, which is standard on other models, and that the placement of the fuel lines contributed to the fire outbreak.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Jeff Milam, an attorney representing Meadow, told TMZ: "The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn't belong on the street. And we shouldn't be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas."