A representative for Porsche has issued a statement regarding the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Paul Walker’s 16-year-old daughter, Meadow Walker. The lawsuit was filed Monday and blamed her father's death on design defects.
The following statement was released to Entertainment Weekly by Porsche:
“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.”
“Fast & Furious” actor Paul Walker died on Nov. 30, 2013, at the age of 40. He had been a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT driven by friend Roger Rodas. The two were leaving a charity event in Santa Clarita when Rodas lost control of the vehicle, which was allegedly speeding at 90 mph.
The New York Daily News reported Meadow Walker’s lawsuit claims the seatbelt -- which “snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force” -- trapped him in the vehicle. He was alive until the vehicle caught fire. The lawsuit did not specify damages sought. Walker's lawyer issued the following comment to TMZ:
"The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn't belong on the street. And we shouldn't be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas."
This isn’t the first wrongful death lawsuit filed against Porsche. Rodas’ widow filed a wrongful death lawsuit last September. CNN reported her suit claimed “negligence and poor design” resulted in the deadly crash.