A federal judge has ruled against a lawsuit that claimed the Porsche Carrera GT driven by actor Paul Walker and Roger Rodas was to blame for their fatal crash.
The suit, filed by Kristine Rodas (widow of the driver), claimed that the Porsche lacked crucial security functions that contributed to the death of each men, but no proof could be located to support this.
U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez also ruled that there was no proof that the car’s rear suspension failed prior to the crash, which occurred in a California organization park in November 2013.
Walker, who rose to fame in the Rapidly and the Furious movie franchise, was a passenger in the car.
The Porsche collided with a tree and light pole, killing the occupants almost instantaneously, ahead of becoming consumed by a post-crash fire.
“Plaintiff has supplied no competent evidence that Rodas’ death occurred as a result of any wrongdoing on the part of defendant,” Gutierrez wrote of the case.
A police investigation (which Porsche engineers assisted in) located that speed, not mechanical faults, led to the crash. According to their findings, the Porsche was travelling at 94 miles per hour when it spun out and crashed.
Porsche, which has denied any wrongdoing related to the crash, is still facing two lawsuits filed by Walker’s daughter, Meadow, as effectively as his father.
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