Two years ago, the world sadly lost a hugely influential figure in the automotive scene–the one and only Paul Walker, famous for his leading role as a major character in one of the most popular Hollywood franchises about cars, ever.
For those whose memories are clouded, Walker was riding shotgun with famed racer and entrepreneur, Roger Rodas. Rodas and Walker were close friends and were in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, owned and driven by Rodas when they died in a fiery collision exactly two years ago today. The Los Angeles County Sheriff, who led the investigation into their crash, concluded immediately that a high rate of speed and reckless driving were the root causes of the crash.
Since then, Walker’s legacy continued on an interesting journey as Paul’s daughter, Meadow Walker, later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, claiming Porsche was responsible for the death of her father. However, such a case never held up in court since the allegations made in the case by Meadow were simply unsound.
It seems however that Walker’s family is still unwilling to give up as Paul’s father, Paul William Walker III, has filed another wrongful death suit against Porsche, alleging the car’s lack of proper and modern safety equipment could’ve saved his son’s life. Now, I’m not the insensitive type, but if we all looked at everything in hindsight, lawsuits would be flying out from every nook and cranny possible.
This isn’t the first time a lawsuit was filed on either Paul Walker’s or Roger Rodas’ behalf as Paul’s father once attempted to sue Rodas’ estate for the ownership of Rodas’ car collection, valued in at around $1.8 million. Rodas’ widowed wife also attempted to file a wrongful death suit against Porsche, and this was all before Paul’s daughter, Meadow, attempted the same thing.
In another quick response to Paul William Walker III’s latest suit, Porsche spokesman, Calvin Kim, said to AutoBlog, “As we have said before, we are very sad whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly establish that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed.”
According to Paul Walker Sr., the Carrera GT should’ve had stability control, reinforced doors, and a breakaway fuel line, which he claims could’ve saved his son’s life.
Porsche also noted that Rodas’ Carrera GT was modified and improperly maintained, two major factors that could’ve contributed greatly to the original crash.
Either way, it seems Porsche’s far from being done in terms of dealing with the sad passing of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas. But given the obvious investigation and conclusion for the cause of the crash, these debacles won’t last very long.
– By: Chris Chin