Porsche Sued Over Paul Walker Crash
The widow of the driver killed alongside Paul Walker in a crash last November has filed a lawsuit against Porsche. Kristine Rodas, widow of Roger Rodas, alleges in the lawsuit that her late husband's 2005 Porsche Carrera GT "malfunctioned" because of a defective suspension system. The lawsuit says the right rear tire suddenly swerved to the left. Despite efforts by Rodas, a veteran race car driver, to correct the situation, the vehicle stayed on its path before making contact with a tree, hitting a light pole, hitting two more trees, and catching fire. And according to the lawsuit, the car also did not have a functional crash cage or a proper racing fuel cell that would have saved the lives of Rodas and Walker. Contrary to a report from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department that says Rodas was traveling between 80 and 93 mph, the lawsuit claims the vehicle only hit 55 mph. Porsche, however, claims the vehicle is safe. In a prepared statement, the company said, “We are very sorry for the Rodas and Walker family's loss. The crash was the subject of a detailed investigation by the proper authorities (L.A. County Sheriff and California Highway Patrol), and their investigation disproves the allegations in the lawsuit. The investigation found that driving at a high speed in a negligent manner caused the crash and concluded that there was no mechanical defect.” Source: Los Angeles Times, Automotive News
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