Porsche: “Paul Walker was responsible for his own death”

Porsche says Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker was responsible for his own death.

Walker was killed when his Porsche Carrera GT crashed into a pole and burst into flames in November 2013.

His daughter Meadow filed a wrongful death case in September claiming the carmaker took safety shortcuts.


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Meadow’s lawyer Jeff Milam said on Tuesday that Porsche was “trying to deflect its own responsibility by blaming the victim”.

“Paul was the passenger in a car that was not designed to protect its occupants. While the speed may have been unlawful, it was well below the vehicle’s advertised capabilities,” Milam said.

Walker survived the impact of the crash, but “burned to death because of Porsche’s defective design”, he said.

But Porsche has said the actor “knowingly and voluntarily assumed all risk, perils and danger” of the 2005 Carrera GT, and that the car, owned by Rodas, had been “abused and altered,” and “was misused and improperly maintained.”

“That abuse and alteration proximately caused or contributed to the incident and to Mr Walker’s death,” Lawyers for Porsche said in papers filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court.

 

 

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