Paul Walker was riding in a Carerra GT being driven by his friend Roger Rodas when it spun out of control, struck some trees and then burst into flames on a street in Santa Clarita in California on 30 November, 2013.
Roger’s widow, Kristine, currently has a pending claim against Porsche in federal court, and has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit in state court.
Paul’s daughter Meadow has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit – and this month, Porsche issued a seven-page court filing in response, denying responsibility. The manufacturer stated that the GT had been “abused and altered” and “misused and improperly maintained”, and that these were contributing factors in the deaths. The company also called Paul “a knowledgeable and sophisticated user of the 2005 Carrera GT”.
Meadow, 17, is the sole heir of Paul’s estate, which is controlled by the star’s father, Paul William Walker III. His two brothers, Cody and Caleb, helped to complete action scenes for Furious 7, which Paul was filming at the time of his death. The movie went on to earn more than £1billion globally when it was released in April.
Meadow’s lawyer Jeff Milam criticised the filing, stating: “If Porsche had designed the car to include proper safety features Paul would have survived, he would be filming Fast And Furious 8, and Meadow Walker would have the father she adored.”