In response to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Paul Walker's daughter, Meadow, automaker Porsche has said that Walker's death was the result of reckless driving, not a defect in the vehicle.
"As we have said before, we are very sad whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities' reports in this case clearly establish that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed," Porsche's statement said.
Meadow Walker filed a lawsuit against the automaker on Monday, claiming that design defects and a lack of safety measures directly contributed to her father's death on November 30, 2013. Walker was the passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by his friend, Roger Rodas, when Rodas lost control of vehicle and slammed into a tree, causing the car to burst into flames; both men were killed in the accident.
Law enforcement officials had said that the car was traveling at 90 mph when it crashed, though Meadow Walker's lawsuit disputes that number. Her lawyer, Jeff Milam, said in a statement about the suit, "She's a teenage girl still dealing with the tragic loss of her father."
Rodas's widow filed a similar suit against Porsche in 2014, which is still pending. Earlier this year, Porsche responded in much the same way, siding with authorities who deemed that reckless driving caused the crash.
"Roger Rodas's death, and all other injuries or damages claimed, were the result of Roger Rodas's own comparative fault," Porsche said at the time.
[via: Entertainment Weekly]
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