Racing to Close the Case

Staff Writer: Jordan Gaines

The sudden and ironic death of Paul Walker, a well-known actor in the “Fast and Furious” series, was killed in a solo-vehicle collision on Nov. 30, 2013.

Walker along with his dear friend Roger Rodas, who was driving the car, were attending a charity event at a car shop, co-owned by both men. The 2005, high-performance, Porsche Carrera GT seemed to suddenly spin out of control, swerving off the road, hitting a power pole and several trees.

Now, almost two years later, 16-year-old Meadow Rain Walker, Walker’s daughter, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche. Meadow’s attorney, Jeff Milam, said in a statement: “The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn’t belong on the street.”

A recent photo of Walker and his daughter prior to the accident.

A recent photo of Walker and his daughter prior to the accident.

Calvin Kim, with Porsche cars North America, responded, “As we have said before, we are very sad whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly establish that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excess speed.”

As always, there are two sides to every story. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigation states the car was moving between 80-93 mph at the time of impact. This would be considered reckless driving and there would be no grounds for a lawsuit since the speed limit on this road is 45 mph. However, the families and their investigators think the car was traveling between 40-60 mph on impact.

If this proves true, then the cause of the crash will be unknown and the family will argue that the vehicle lacks certain safety features, like a proper stability control system, which caused Rodas to lose control of the vehicle.

At this point though, Porsche continues to show hard evidence that all vehicles are street legal and equipped with proper safety features when driving at regulated speeds. Neither Porsche, nor the Walker family has enough solid evidence to close this ongoing investigation, so this case will remain open until new evidence surfaces. (Follow up coming soon.)

This is the model and year Porsche Walker was driving at the time of the accident.

This is the model and year Porsche Walker was driving at the time of the accident.

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