The daughter of "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker has initiated a wrongful death lawsuit over her father's death. Meadow Walker filed the lawsuit on Monday, claiming that her father was burned to death because the Porsche he was riding in was poorly built.
The lawsuit was initiated in Los Angeles Superior Court. It claims that 40-year-old Paul Walker died because Porsche cut corners on common safety features that are normally included in similar sports cars. Allegedly, the safety features missing from the high-end sports car are even included in Porsche's less expensive models.
Porsche Was Driven by a Pro Race Car Driver
Walker was riding as a passenger in the car when it crashed. It was being driven by 38-year-old Roger Rodas, a pro race car driver. Both Rodas and Walker were burned completely in the vehicle after it crashed into a tree and a concrete lamppost. The vehicle was traveling at a speed of between 63 mph and 71 mph at the time of the collision.
The wife of race car driver Roger Rodas has also initiated a lawsuit claiming that poor vehicle design caused her husband's death.
Seat Belt Design Blamed for Trapping Walker in Car
The lawsuit cites seat belt design issues that led to Walker's pelvis and ribs being broken and caused him to get trapped in his seat while the vehicle burned. Allegedly, Walker was trapped in the car, alive and unable to escape, and if the car had been designed more appropriately, the actor would be alive today.
As for the accident itself, it appears that speed was likely the cause. According to investigators from the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, high speeds caused the crash rather than mechanical failure.
Meadow Walker's wrongful death lawsuit has yet to specify an exact amount of damages.
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