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Porsche sued over crash that killed Paul Walker

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 02:20 a.m. HST, May 13, 2014


LOS ANGELES >> The widow of the man who was driving a Porsche sports car that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker sued the automaker on Monday, claiming design flaws caused both men to die in a fiery crash in November.

The wrongful death lawsuit by Kristine M. Rodas says her husband was driving at 55 mph -- not at unsafe speeds as law enforcement investigators determined -- before it crashed last year. Roger W. Rodas was driving a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT capable of more than 200 mph, but his wife's lawsuit says the vehicle lacked a proper crash cage and safety features in the gas tank that would have saved both men's lives.

The lawsuit also contends that a failure in the car's suspension system forced it to careen out of control and strike three trees while driving down a street in Santa Clarita.

"The Carrera GT was unsafe for its intended use by reason of defects in its manufacture, design, testing, component and constituents, so that it would not safely serve its purpose," the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from Porsche Cars North America, which did not immediately return email messages seeking comment.

Kristine Rodas' attorney, Mark Geragos, said he hired the top experts in the country to evaluate the wreckage and crash. The results, he said, were an unbiased look at the accident that refutes an official investigation that determined the sports car was speeding at up to 94 mph when it crashed.

The results of an investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol was released in March and concluded that it was unsafe speed and not mechanical problems that caused the crash. That investigation was aided by engineers from Porsche, who evaluated the wreckage of the rare car.

The differing opinions on the crash will likely be a part of any trial over the lawsuit, which could take years to resolve.

Roger Rodas was trained as a race car driver, according to his wife's lawsuit. He left behind two young children upon his death.

Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" film franchise, co-owned an auto racing team with Rodas named Always Evolving.

Walker's death occurred on a break in the filming of "Fast & Furious 7," and the actor's two brothers are helping complete action scenes in the film. The film's release has been delayed until April 2015.






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loquaciousone wrote:
Nobody who owns a Porsche drives 55 mph.
on May 12,2014 | 03:03PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Only to enter and exit their driveway in Hawaii Kai/Kahala.
on May 13,2014 | 09:19AM
iwanaknow wrote:
But 94 mph is less than 100 maybe closer to 55?
on May 12,2014 | 03:13PM
Morimoto wrote:
This is ridiculous but I am not surprised in the least. People will do nearly anything for money. I suppose the wife would have sued Porsche if her husband drove off a 500 foot cliff for not having the proper safety equipment to prevent anyone from dying.
on May 12,2014 | 03:50PM
Jonas wrote:
Of course it must've been the car, not the driver! How could it possibly be due to human error?! And Porsche should have equipped the car with a proper roll cage, as well as a force field to prevent injury to occupants in case of manufacturer errors which lead to crashes! Sue them for $7B to teach Porsche a lesson! Shame on Porsche!
on May 12,2014 | 03:56PM
sak wrote:
What's the difference between a Porche and a Porcupine? The P R I C K is in the Porche!
on May 12,2014 | 04:02PM
sparkyzane wrote:
That is classic save the fact that two lives were lost.
on May 12,2014 | 04:19PM
Morimoto wrote:
Those two got what they deserved, zero sympathy for either of them. I'm glad they're both dead, now they can't endanger anyone else on the roadways.
on May 13,2014 | 08:36AM
Ezdeewilly wrote:
I guess she figures Porsches should be idiot proof.
on May 12,2014 | 04:28PM
Jerry_D wrote:
Whatever happened to TORT REFORM?
on May 12,2014 | 10:39PM
hikine wrote:
Always try blame for someone's mistake! I haven't seen a 55mph speed limit on any city streets even in Kalifornia much less 98! We must be accountable for our actions. Porche is a speed demon but if handled incorrectly will send you to hell!
on May 13,2014 | 03:06AM
SkipShrauder wrote:
Amazing that you can sue a car manufacturer and claim wrongful death, whereas there is NO WAY you can sue a gun manufacturer even though their product is produced solely to kill!!
on May 13,2014 | 05:02AM
awahana wrote:
Lawyers will take any case as they got time and nothing to lose.
There should be a hefty penalty if the plaintiff loses their case, so the public doesn't lose valuable court time and money on frivilous lawsuits.
Do they not realize the name of the movie series this guy was starring in?!
All that's missing is a hot cup of coffee in his lap while driving! Auwe.
on May 13,2014 | 05:20AM
salsacoquibx wrote:
This is far fetch..the car didn't press the gas pedal on its own and speeded up and cause itself to crash and burn. Whos the dumb lawyer that went with it..lol
on May 13,2014 | 05:42AM
PTF wrote:
A ridiculous lawsuit but the widow is hoping for an out of court settlement.
on May 13,2014 | 06:16AM
ryan02 wrote:
So he was a trained race car driver, driving a Carrera GT capable of going 200 mph, but he was NOT speeding, despite the police investigation that concluded otherwise. Riiiiiigghht. But I think Porsche has the money to hire enough experts to prove the lawsuit is filled with lies. What really upsets me is that this @sshole Rodas endangered innocent people on the road and sidewalks when he drove so recklessly, and ended up killing Walker too, yet his estate wants HIM to benefit financially from his dangerous actions?
on May 13,2014 | 07:13AM
hikine wrote:
The driver was probably showing off to Walker and it was unfortunate he lost control of the car. Sometimes owners of fast fancy cars tend to show off their toy especially in California.
on May 13,2014 | 10:46AM
HanabataDays wrote:
I'd be very surprised if the Carrera GT doesn't have a data recording capability built into its master computer. Game, set, match if the results can be retrieved and plotted out. Guaranteed, between the cops (who may have it already) and Porsche, that data's gonna become evidence. They might never find Flight 370, but Flight 911 I do believe can be laid to rest.
on May 13,2014 | 02:55PM
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