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Widow Sues Porsche In Crash That Killed Husband, Paul Walker
May 12, 2014 5:11 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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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Re: Widow Sues Porsche In Crash That Killed Husband, Paul Walker
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2014, 10:12:24 PM »
It'll be another battle-of-the-experts suit
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Re: Widow Sues Porsche In Crash That Killed Husband, Paul Walker
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2014, 01:14:33 AM »
The industrial parks like where the accident occurred, in my area, have posted speed limits of 25-35 mph.

So even the 55 mph claimed by the wife, was unsafe. Tree lined avenues are not a safe place to be horsing around with a race car.

She is looking for a negotiated settlement, because if it went to trial, Porsche would have top notch attorneys, and would be able to prove speeding and reckless driving caused the accident.

And the fact he was a trained race driver, would go to show he knew the dangers. Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, Jackie Stewart were just 3 well known race drivers that took stands for track and driver safety.

Turn our city streets into race courses, crash and die, is not the auto makers fault.

If the police reconstruction of the accident determined 94 mph, I'd wager it was closer to the truth, than Mark Geragos' version.

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