Yesterday it was reported that Paul Walker's daughter and only child, Meadow, was suing car maker Porsche for wrongful death, following the November 2013 accident which claimed her father's life, along with his friend Roger Rodas's. Today Porsche has come out with a statement that claims the car was not at fault, and that Walker and Rodas died as a result of "reckless driving and excessive speed."
Speaking on Tuesday, Porsche spokesperson, Calvin Kim had the following to say:
"We have not seen the lawsuit and therefore cannot comment on its specifics. As we have said before, we are saddened whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly established that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed."
An investigation by law enforcement officials into the crash of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT has stated that Walker and Rodas died as a result of excessive speed. However, the lawsuit filed on behalf Meadow Walker seeks to claim that the actor died as a result of Porsche neglecting to install an electronic stability control system, the lack of which lead to the car careening out of control and crashing. The lawsuit also claims that a faulty seatbelt was to blame for Walker being trapped in the passengers seat of the Porsche, unable to escape.
The suit doesn't put a figure on the damages Meadow Walker and her guardians are seeking from the lawsuit, though the suit states they want "to recover all damage...Including without limitation, all lost income and earnings (present and future), expenses, and all general and special damages to the extent allowed by law." With just Walker's role in the successful Fast and Furious franchise taken into account, it stands to reason that this lawsuit could seeks damages in the tens of millions.