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Paul Walker's Daughter Settles With Porsche In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Celebs October 25, 2017 By Hugo

Paul Walker's daughter has finally settled her lawsuit with the German car manufacturer Porsche nearly four years on from the fatal car crash.

Meadow Walker, who is now 18, lost her father when he was in the passenger seat of an orange Porsche Carrera GT with friend Roger Rodas, who crashed it into a tree.

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However, despite claims that Rodas was speeding, the lawsuit claimed that the vehicle "lacked safety features...that could have prevented the accident or, at a minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash."

The suit also claimed that Porsche knew about the car's "instability and control issues" yet "failed to install its electronic stability control system, which is specifically designed to protect against the swerving actions inherent in hyper-sensitive vehicles of this type." 

Despite this, law enforcement officers attributed the cause of the crash to speeding between 80-90 MPH. However, the lawsuit disputes this, and suggest Rodas might only have been going between 63 and 71 MPH. 

Most crucially, the lawsuit claimed a "defective" seatbelt stopped Walker from leaving the vehicle, causing him to burn alive. 

Acting on behalf of Meadow, her lawyer Jeff Milan said to E! News back in 2015, "The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn't belong on the street. And we shouldn't be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas."

But Meadow's undisclosed cash windfall isn't the first time she's been awarded a payout. In 2016, her lawyer settled with the Rodas estate, awarding her $10.1m after the family took partial responsibility for their relative, Roger Rodas, causing Paul Walker's death. 

After the settlement in 2016, Milam said, "The amount paid by the estate of Roger Rodas into a trust for Meadow Walker only covers a fraction of what her father would have earned as an international movie star had his life not tragically been cut short."

"Through his estate, Mr. Rodas, the driver of the car, took partial responsibility for the crash. Meadow's lawsuit against Porsche AG—a $13 billion corporation—intends to hold the company responsibly for producing a vehicle that was defective and caused Paul Walker's death."

One year on, it appears as though Meadow finally has some closure.


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