Paul Walker’s 18-year-old daughter, Meadow, settled her wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche late last month following the death of her father.
In 2013, Paul passed away along with his friend Roger Rodas when the car they were driving at over 100 mph crashed and immediately burst into flames. The coroner’s report stated: “The vehicle then struck a sidewalk and the driver’s side struck a tree and then a light post. The force of these collisions caused the vehicle to spin 180 degrees and it continued to travel in an easterly direction. The passenger side of the vehicle then struck a tree and it then burst into flames.” According to The Guardian, the report also stated that the Porsche was “totaled with major traffic collision damage all around and it appeared that the vehicle was almost split in half.”
In September 2015 Meadow sued the car company and claimed that her father would have survived the attack had it not been for manufacturing issues on Porsche’s end, which would have included a faulty seat belt. Us Magazine reported in 2015 that Meadow sued Porsche and her lawyer, Jeff Milam, stated that, the seatbelt “snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis.” The suit also claimed that the fire started 20 seconds after the crash and had the belt been working, Paul could have escaped.
Milam called the Porsche “a dangerous car” and alleged that the car had a history of issues that Porsche was aware of. It was also reported that he added the car “doesn’t belong on the street. And we shouldn’t be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas.”
According to the suit, Milam also said that Rodas was only traveling between 63 and 71 mph and not close to 100 like the police report originally stated. Despite the lowered speeds, the suit alleged that the car still veered out of control due to the issues with the brand.
Meadow previously won a suit against Rodas’ estate in 2016 where she was awarded $10.1 million. Us reported that Milam stated, “Through his estate, Mr. Rodas, the driver of the car, took partial responsibility for the crash. Meadow’s lawsuit against Porsche AG — a $13 billion corporation — intends to hold the company responsible for producing a vehicle that was defective and caused Paul Walker’s death.”
The details of the case have been kept confidential but it’s been reported that both parties have requested to drop the case.
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