Porsche Responds to Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed by Paul Walker's Daughter
Porsche says the accident was caused by "reckless driving and excessive speed"
The car manufacturer told PEOPLE Tuesday, “We are saddened whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly established that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed.”
A report by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department concluded that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, driven by Walker’s friend Roger Rodas, was travelling “between 80 and 93 mph at the time the car impacted a power pole and several trees.” The posted speed limit on the office park road was 45 mph, CNN reports.
The lawsuit alleges that despite Porsche “knowing that the Carrera GT had a history of instability and control issues,” the company “failed to install its electronic stability control system,” which they say is “specifically designed to protect against the swerving actions inherent in hyper-sensitive vehicles of this type.” Other Porsche vehicles have these control systems.
In addition to the alleged lack of proper stability control, the lawsuit claims that a “defective” seat belt design kept Walker trapped in the car, and that the Fast and Furious actor might have been able to exit the vehicle before it caught on fire if not for this flaw.
The lawsuit also claims that the fire itself was caused by faulty rubber fuel lines.
Walker and Rodas were killed on Nov. 30, 2013.
The amount of damages Meadow is seeking is not listed in the lawsuit.