The teen daughter of deceased actor Paul Walker recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche AG. In her petition, she alleges that defects in the automobile were to blame for the fiery collision that claimed the life of the star of "The Fast and the Furious."
Sixteen-year-old Meadow Walker alleges that the auto manufacturer cut safety corners when installing a 605-horsepower engine into the Porsche Carrera GT. The car was able to go as fast as 205 mph and was marketed as a race car legally licensed for the road. Also named as defendants in the litigation are Beverly Hills Porsche and Porsche Cars North America.
The complaint goes on to state that the company was aware that the Carrera GT had a prior history of instability, yet it failed to add control systems to correct the problem. The seat belts were also installed so that when the car broke apart on impact, the anchor for the shoulder belt was jerked with the rear engine but the anchor for the seat belt remained.
According to her petition, "This snapped Walker's torso back...thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis, flattening . . . and trapping him in a supine position, where he remained alive until the vehicle erupted into flames one minute and 20 seconds later."
Other allegations against Porsche say that the company trimmed the auto's weight with the installation of reinforcement bars on the side doors. The material in the bars was less strong than that used in cars such as a Honda Civic. Porsche is also accused of installing fuel hoses without fittings that would break off in a collision. The fuel hose in the death car tore and contributed to the fire.
According to authorities, the car was speeding more than 90 mph just before it crashed into a concrete pole and some trees on Santa Clarita's Hercules Street in the middle of the afternoon.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, along with the California Highway Patrol, listed unsafe speed as the reason for the crash. However, their conclusions came after consults with technicians for Porsche. The petition claims that the car was only going 63 to 71 mph before losing control.
Taking civil action against those deemed to be responsible for a family member's death often helps brings families much needed closure.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Daughter of actor Paul Walker files wrongful-death suit against Porsche," Corina Knoll, Sep. 28, 201