Apr 07, 2016

    Porsche not at fault for crash that killed a man and Walker


    A CALIFORNIA judge has thrown out a lawsuit against Porsche filed by the widow of a man who died alongside The Fast And The Furious star Paul Walker in 2013.

    Roger Rodas' widow Kristine had alleged in her wrongful death suit that several defects in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT her husband was driving caused the fatal crash.

    However, United States District Judge Philip Gutierrez dismissed the claims on Monday, saying they were not backed by evidence.

    "Plaintiff has offered no competent evidence that Rodas' death occurred as a result of any wrongdoing on the part of defendant," he wrote.

    After the fiery crash - in which the Porsche slammed into trees and a lamp post on a street in Santa Clarita, a suburb north of Los Angeles - investigators said Mr Rodas had been driving at an unsafe speed and lost control of the car.

    But Kristine alleged that the Porsche had a poor suspension and side impact protection, and that it had exploded into a fireball because it lacked a crash cage or a fuel cell.

    Judge Gutierrez rejected those claims, saying an autopsy had determined that Mr Rodas' fatal injuries were caused by blunt trauma, not fire.

    The carmaker, which has denied any wrongdoing in the rare car's design, is facing two more lawsuits related to the crash filed by Walker's daughter and father.

    Walker, who gained fame in the street-racing action franchise The Fast And The Furious, was on a break from filming the seventh instalment when he died.