Porsche bosses hold Paul Walker partly to blame for car crash death
Porsche bosses are refusing to accept any blame for the car crash which cost Paul Walker his life, suggesting the actor was partly responsible for his own death.
The Fast & Furious star was the passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by his friend Roger Rodas on 30 November, 2013, when it slammed into a light pole in Santa Clarita, California and burst into flames, killing both men.
Paul's daughter, 16-year-old Meadow, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the luxury car manufacturers in September (15), accusing them of negligence. In her court papers, she claimed design flaws left her father trapped in the sports car as the vehicle burst into flames.
At the time, Porsche chiefs denied the accusations in a statement which read: "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."
Now they have officially responded to Meadow Walker's legal action by refuting the allegations in court documents, in which they declare car fanatic Paul was "a knowledgeable and sophisticated user of the 2005 Carrera GT".
They go on to dismiss criticism of the vehicle's design, stating that it had been "abused and altered", "misused and improperly maintained", and reveal there may be "comparative fault", suggesting Paul was in part to blame for his death, reports TMZ.com.
Executives previously insisted the tragedy was caused by Rodas' driving after his widow Kristine filed a similar wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche's North American bosses last year (14).
Authorities investigating the crash had also highlighted speed was the main factor behind the accident, with officials suspecting Rodas had been driving between 80 miles (130 kilometres) an hour and 93 miles (150 kilometres) an hour at the time of the crash. Coroners ruled out drugs and alcohol as contributing factors, while officials also pointed out that there were no hints of technical problems with the car.
- Cover Media