Paul Walker's Teen Daughter Is Suing Porsche

Lawsuit blames 'dangerous' car for star's death
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2015 4:10 AM CDT

(Newser) Fast & Furious star Paul Walker's teenage daughter believes her father would still be alive if he had been in a different car on the night of Nov. 30, 2013, according to a wrongful death lawsuit. Meadow Walker, 16, is suing Porsche, alleging that the Carrera GT his friend Roger Rodas was driving lacked safety features that could have prevented the accident, People reports. The lawsuit says the vehicle—which even a former Porsche manager calls "the most dangerous car on the road"—became a literal deathtrap after the crash when a "defective" seat belt left Walker unable to escape before it burst into flames.

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Meadow's lawyer says the Carrera GT is a "dangerous car" that "doesn't belong on the street," though authorities say dangerous driving is to blame for the deaths. The Porsche was going between 80mph and 93mph when it crashed in a 45mph zone, according to investigators who determined that unsafe driving was the sole cause of the accident. A Porsche spokesman tells CNN that "we are saddened whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities' reports in this case clearly established that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed." (After Walker's death, his younger brothers helped producers finish Fast & Furious 7.)

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