Porsche Sees Big Victory in Paul Walker Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Judge finds company not at fault

By Kendall Fisher Apr 05, 2016 5:05 PMTags
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Porsche just saw a major win in a wrongful death lawsuit regarding Paul Walker and his good friend Roger Rodas' 2013 fatal crash.

Rodas' wife, Kristine Rodas, filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging that design defects in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT were responsible for the crash that killed her husband (who was driving the car) and Walker.

However, E! News has obtained the court documents and learned the judge shut down all four allegations—including negligence, wrongful death and product liability—in court on Monday.

In the first claim, Kristine alleges negligence and strict liability, citing that a "properly functioning crash cage" could have prevented Rodas' death. The judge ruled that Rodas' fatal injuries did not occur from the passenger compartment, but rather when he and Walker collided together during the crash—something a crash cage wouldn't prevent.

She also claimed the company's failure to warn drivers about the "substandard side impact protection," but the judge also shot that down, noting that even Kristine's expert said the force came from the front after hitting the light pole and not from the side.


She also tried to argue there was a design defect due to the Carrera GT's lack of a racing fuel, causing a fire after the crash. Again, the judge ruled that "undisputed evidence shows Rodas did not die from fire or sustain any injuries from fire prior to his death."

Finally, Kristine's last claim alleged "failure of the suspension component" in which the judge simply ruled there just wasn't enough evidence to find Porsche at fault.

Despite the outcome of this trial, it may not have an impact on the wrongful lawsuit Walker's daughter, Meadow,  filed a against Porsche.

Meadow's attorney, Jeff Milam, released a statement to E! News saying, "The issues in the cases are very different. The federal case was filed on behalf of Roger Rodas, who was the driver of the Porsche Carrera GT and was killed instantly upon impact. Meadow's father, Paul Walker, was a passenger in the car. He survived the crash but was trapped and burned to death because of the vehicle's defects."

Thus, he adds, "Meadow will continue the fight to hold Porsche accountable for selling a defective product that kills."

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