Almost two years on from the horrific car crash that killed Paul Walker, the debate surrounding who was responsible for his death continues. In the latest development of the wrongful death lawsuit, Porsche has now claimed that Paul himself was at fault.
The lawsuit was filed by his daughter, Meadow Walker, claiming that there were design flaws with the Porsche 2005 Carrera GT her father was a passenger in. It is claimed that upon impact the Fast and Furious star survived, but he was burned alive after the seatbelt trapped him in the passenger seat.
However, in response, Porsche has claimed Paul was "a knowledgeable and sophisticated user of the 2005 Carrera GT." Furthermore, due to alterations made to the vehicle, they claim the car was "abused and altered" and "misused and improperly maintained."
Consequently, they say Paul should've known of the risks of participating in a high speed race. Understandably, this hasn't been taken well by Meadow and her representatives, who have called the response "beyond regrettable." They said:
"Contrary to Porsche's assertions, the facts are clear: Paul was the passenger in a car that was not designed to protect its occupants, in a crash on a dry, empty straightaway in broad daylight and at speeds well below the vehicle's advertised capabilities."
"Instability and control issues"
Previously, it has been reported that the lawsuit claims the owner and driver of the Porsche, Roger Rodas, who also died in the crash, was driving between 63 and 71 mph. This is significantly lower than estimations from law enforcement at the time, who gauged the speed to be between 80 and 93mph.
The suit claims that, due to "a history of instability and control issues," the car should have never lost control and the crash could've been avoided had they installed a "stability management system."
Instead, both Walker, 40, and Rodas, 38, died after the car burst into flames after it hit a power pole and several trees in a city street in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California.
"The father she adored"
A family representative of Meadow (now 16), had a sombre message in response to the latest comments from Porsche:
"If Porsche had designed the car to include proper safety features, Paul would have survived, he would be filming 'Fast and Furious 8' and Meadow Walker would have the father she adored."
If the claims by Porsche are proven, the damages awarded could be reduced.