Porsche sued over Paul Walker crash
Car crash investigations undertaken for the Porsche GT, in which actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were killed, did not blame any fault in the car, but the widow of Rodas thinks otherwise. Reports suggest that Kristine Rodas has now filed a lawsuit seeking damages from Porsche Cars North America.
The lawsuit filed with Los Angeles Superior Court by Mark Geragos, attorney of Kristine Rodas claims that investigations held by LA County Sheriff’s Department states that the car was travelling at 90 mph (about 144 kmph) on city roads leading to the crash. However, it is estimated that the Carrera GT was only travelling at 55 mph (88 kmpj) and that the crash was due to improper equipment in the form of a faulty rear suspension and lack of crash cage or proper fuel tank.
2005 Porsche Carrera GT in which Walker and Rodas crashed was capable of speeds more than 200 mph. However, it is lack of safety features that caused the crash while the lawsuit contends that failure of the car’s suspension system resulted in it careening out of control and off the road to strike three trees while on the streets in Santa Clarity.
The lawsuit seeks damages from Porsche Cars North America after Kristine Rodas’ attorney Mark Geragos hired top experts in the country to view the wreckage site and evaluate reasons for crash. The attorney also refutes charges that the car was speeding when it crashed. However, it is these differing opinions into the causes of the crash that will play a major part in the trial which could take years to resolve.
Porsche on their part, though sorry for the families of Walker and Rodas, has denied allegations that something was radically wrong with design of the Carrera GT. Porsche statement read, “We are very sorry for the Rodas and Walker families’ loss. The crash was the subject of a detailed investigation by the proper authorities (L.A. County Sheriff and California Highway Patrol), and their investigation disproves the allegations in the lawsuit. The investigation found that driving at a high speed in a negligent manner caused the crash and concluded that there was no mechanical defect.”
via NY Daily News