Nearly five years after his passing, the daughter of former Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker has finally settled her pending wrongful death lawsuit with Porsche. Walker was a passenger in his friend Roger Rodas’ Carrera GT when both men died in a violent car crash.
At the time of the accident, Rodas was driving somewhere between 80 and 93 miles per hour when the car went off the road, striking both a lamp post and a tree before catching fire. Both men were killed in the event, and a $10.1 million settlement was already reached between Walker’s daughter, Meadow, and Rodas’ estate back in 2016.
Only being 15 at the time of his death, Meadow Walker decided to take legal action against the automaker Porsche in 2015. She claimed that her father would still be alive had the company ensured there were proper safety measures implemented.
It had been reported that the Carrera GT model had a history of control issues, and Meadow’s lawyers noted that the company “failed to install its electronic stability control system,” according to People Magazine, claiming this was the specific feature “specifically designed to protect against the swerving actions inherent in hyper-sensitive vehicles of this type.”
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However, after the widow of the driver, Kristine Rodas, lost a similar wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche herself, Meadow and Porsche have both decided to dismiss the case. Though Walker’s scenario was different because her father wasn’t at the wheel, Porsche fought the idea that reckless driving was indeed a factor, and both men knew what was going on when it happened.
While the court reached the verdict that there was “no competent evidence” to blame Porsche in Rodas’ widow’s case, it’s been reported that Paul Walker’s father has also settled a separate case against the automaker.
It still remains unknown how Walker’s daughter’s lawsuit was settled, as the final terms have been kept confidential.