Paul Walker Car Crash Reports Not As Conclusive As They Seemed, Reopened For New Lawsuit
When Paul Walker died in November, it was known that the actor's love of cars extended beyond the Fast and Furious movies. At the time of his death, he was a passenger in a car with his friend and the co-owner of his racing team, Always Evolving, Roger Rodas. While investigations were done soon after the crash, they brought back varying results. But now, the widow of Paul Walker's friend Rodas is suing Porsche claiming flaws in the car's design lead to her husband and Walker's death.
The accident involved the two men, and the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that Rodas was driving, crashing into a tree and becoming engulfed in flames. According to Walker's autopsy report, he died of a "combination of extensive thermal injuries and multiple traumatic injuries."
Soon after the crash, it was reported that the car may have malfunctioned causing Rodas, an "experienced driver," to lose control of the vehicle. Later, an official investigation by the California Highway Patrol concluded that the car was going well above the 45 mph speed limit at between 81 and 94 mph when it crashed. Rodas' widow, Kristine Rodas' lawsuit says that the car was going only 55 mph and that "the vehicle lacked a proper crash cage and safety features in the gas tank," according to the Associated Press. It also claims "that a failure in the car's suspension system forced it to careen out of control."
Because of the differing opinions on the cause of the crash, this type of lawsuit could take years to solve, reports the AP. Rodas' lawyer is said to have hired experts to reexamine the wreckage. Rodas is seeking unspecified damages from Porsche.