Porsche Sued Over Paul Walker Crash
Roger Rodas' widow says car was to blame
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2014 9:18 AM CDT
The wreckage of a Porsche sports car that crashed into a light pole in Valencia on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, killing Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, is shown.   (AP Photo/The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, Dan Watson)

(Newser) – Authorities say speed alone is to blame for the deaths of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas in a fiery crash last year—but Rodas' widow begs to differ. Kristine Rodas filed a lawsuit against Porsche yesterday, claiming the Carrera GT that Rodas was driving at the time had a faulty part in its suspension, and that a mechanical problem is what caused the car to go out of control, TMZ reports. She claims her husband tried to maintain control of the vehicle, but couldn't keep it on the road—and that since it lacked a "crash cage" and "racing fuel cell," which could have kept the fuel from igniting, it exploded upon impact with a light pole. She claims Porsche ignored other fatal crashes in the Carrera GT, and didn't warn owners of the dangers. (She also says Rodas was driving 55mph—but investigators say he was going between 80mph and 93mph.)

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May 15, 2014 11:43 PM CDT
Denial is an ugly thing. If I was this lady I would struggle to forgive my dead husband and the memory he left behind, reckless driving and murdering a friend, for a very long time. Much easier to blame Porsche than face the vicissitudes of her fate.
May 14, 2014 5:25 AM CDT
Roger Rodas (born October 31, 1975 in El Salvador) was a race car driver and co-founder of Always Evolving, an auto parts business. He started Always Evolving with actor Paul Walker. Roger was also Managing Director, Wealth Advisor for Merril Lynch Wealth. He was named one of “America’s Top 1000 Advisors” from 2010-2012 by Barron’s. Roger spent his early racing career driving Porsche GT3 Cup race cars in the Porsche Owner’s Club. He then moved on to racing in the Pirelli Porsche Driver’s Cup series, where he took two first place finishes in 2012 Roger Rodas was married to Kristine Rodas, 38. They had two children together. http://hollywoodlife.com/celeb/roger-rodas/
May 14, 2014 4:38 AM CDT
I think the woman has a point that should be explored. She certainly has the right to go this route. I am sure there are enough knowledgeable advisors on her team that know more about Porsche and its deficiencies than the average person commenting, who solely judge a situation on an emotional basis. Porsche in the end has enough money to deal with this suit. I will not feel that they are being put upon by all this. Most people are assuming the driver was negligent, when a person so deeply into cars would naturally be more vigilant. If there are defects inherent in this model Porsche, the truth needs to come out, and that will serve all of us.