Last September, Paul Walker’s 16-year-old daughter Meadow Walker threw a lawsuit at Porsche claiming that their Carrera GT sports car is a death trap that shouldn’t be allowed on the streets. Paul Walker died two years ago when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT he was riding in crashed into a tree and a street light before catching on fire. Paul’s friend Roger Rodas owned the Porsche and was also the driver. Roger was driving 90mph before he lost control and hit a tree. Roger died in the crash as well.
In Meadow’s lawsuit, she said that Porsche went cheap with the safety features. The lawsuit claims that the seat belt Paul used was defective and it accuses Porsche of using weak, cheap material on the doors. Meadow says that if Porsche didn’t go the Dollar Tree route with their safety features, her father would still be alive today. Roger Rodas’ widow Kristine Rodas is also suing Porsche for the same reasons.
Porsche responded to Meadow Walker’s lawsuit last week, and of course, they’re a corporation that is trying to get out of paying a huge settlement, so they’re pointing the blame at Paul Walker. The Los Angeles Times says that Porsche’s legal team says that Paul Walker wasn’t brand new to race cars (Exhibit A: All the Fast & Furious movies), specifically the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. They say that the Carrera GT he was riding in was “abused and altered” and it wasn’t properly “maintained.” They went on to say that Paul Walker should’ve known that it wasn’t safe to be driving at that speed in those conditions.
“Mr. Walker’s death, and all other injuries or damages claimed, were the result of Mr. Walker’s own comparative fault.”
Meadow Walker’s rep already responded to Porsche’s filing by saying that they really ain’t shit for blaming Paul Walker.
“It is beyond regrettable that Porsche is trying to deflect its own responsibility by blaming the victim — Paul Walker — for his own death by getting into the passenger seat of its Carrera GT. Contrary to Porsche’s assertions, the facts are clear: Paul was the passenger in a car that was not designed to protect its occupants, in a crash on a dry, empty straightaway in broad daylight and at speeds well below the vehicle’s advertised capabilities.”
The Carrera GT was marketed as a race car with 605-horsepower engine capable of up to 205 mph.
The Times points out that investigators declared that speeding was the cause of the crash and not janky mechanics. Investigators also found out that at least two of the Porsche’s tires were more than 9 years old.
In the 3rd grade, I played a lawyer in a class play, so you would think that I developed a major legal mind while preparing for that role. But I know shit about law, so I’m not sure why Paul Walker is to blame. I’m also not sure why Porsche is 100% to blame. But what I do know is that after reading about Paul Walker’s death again, I really needed a video of lazy baby bunnies being lazy, so I’m glad that exists on the Internet.