According to the widow of Roger W. Rodas, the driver of the Porsche Carrera GT that crashed and killed him and actor Paul Walker, the German automaker is to blame for the accident.
The famous “Fast & Furious” actor Paul Walker was driven by his friend, Rodas, and now Kristine M. Rodas has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, saying the model’s design problems actually caused the fiery crash.
According to the widow, her husband was only doing 55 mph (90 km/h) – although law enforcement investigators said he was actually at unsafe speeds and the fact that the 2005 Carrera GT – a supercar that can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h) was to blame because it lacked a safety cage and other failsafe features in the gas tank.
“The Carrera GT was unsafe for its intended use by reason of defects in its manufacture, design, testing, component and constituents, so that it would not safely serve its purpose,” the lawsuit states.
With the help of engineers from Porsche an investigation result released in March led by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol concluded that Rodas – an experienced racing car driver – crashed because of unsafe speed, with no mechanical problems involved.