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Paul Walker’s daughter sues Porsche over father’s death

Published 29/09/2015

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Porsche has been slapped with a huge wrongful death lawsuit that was filed by late actor Paul Walker’s teenage daughter Meadow on behalf of his estate.

(Cover) - EN Showbiz - Late actor Paul Walker’s daughter Meadow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against car manufacturer Porsche.

The Fast and the Furious actor died at the age of 40 in a fiery car crash on 30 November (13) alongside his friend Roger Rodas. The two men were driving in Roger’s 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at the time of their death, which occurred after the vehicle slammed into a light pole and burst into flames.

According to Radar Online, Paul’s 16-year-old daughter Meadow, his only child, issued a lawsuit against Porsche on Monday 18 September (15) claiming in legal documents the vehicle her father lost his life in was “defective” and “lacked safety features”.

Lawyers asserted in the filing “when the car broke apart upon impact, the shoulder belt anchors traveled with the rear engine compartment while the seat belt anchors remained with the passenger compartment.”

“This snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis, flattening his seat and trapping him in a supine position, where he remained alive until the vehicle erupted into flames one minute and twenty seconds later,” the documents read. “The fire was caused by yet another defect: rubber fuel lines that lacked break-free fittings to automatically shut down the fuel flow. Absent these defects in the Porsche Carrera GT, Paul Walker would be alive today.”

Meadow’s attorneys claim the lawsuit was filed because she is disturbed by the image of her father being burned alive in the final moments of his death.

“Plaintiff is informed and believes, and based thereon alleges, that Paul Walker survived the physical forces of the collision and was alive when the Porsche Carrera GT became engulfed in fire,” the legal papers state. “Plaintiff is informed and believes that the seatbelt continued to apply force across Paul Walker’s body after the Porsche Carrera GT came to a rest, causing his breathing to become shallow and prevented any escape or rescue. Paul Walker remained trapped in the vehicle for approximately one minute and twenty seconds before the vehicle became engulfed in fire. Paul Walker breathed soot into his trachea while the Porsche Carrera GT burned.”

Meadow will continue to maintain anonymity while her lawsuit against Porsche moves forward.

The teenager does not want the high-profile legal proceeding to cast a spotlight on her private affairs.

“It is with great reluctance that Meadow Walker has authorized the filing of this lawsuit on her own behalf and as heir to Paul Walker’s estate,” her attorneys said in a statement. “She’s a teenage girl who is still dealing with the tragic loss of her father. She values her privacy and won’t be making any comment. We ask everyone to respect that. Everything else we have to say is contained in the lawsuit. And we shouldn’t be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas.”

Meadow is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages on behalf of father Paul’s estate.

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