Kristine Rodas -- widow of Roger Rodas died killed along with Paul Walker in a Porsche Carrera GT crash in November 2013 – has filed a wrongful death lawsuit at the Los Angeles Superior Court against Porsche Cars North America, several media reports say. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages from Porsche Cars North America.
The suit claims that Rodas was driving his vehicle at 55 mph, not in excess of 90 mph as the official crash investigators determined. The lawsuit also claims that Porsche Carrera GT lacked a proper crash cage and safety features in the gas tank that could have saved the Rodas and Walker.
The suit likewise claims a failure in the vehicle’s suspension forced it to stagger out of control and collide with a lamppost and several trees before coming into rest and bursting into flames. The lawsuit alleges that the Carrera GT was unsafe for its intended use due to the “defects in its manufacture, design, testing, component and constituents.”
According to the post-crash investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol, Rodas was driving the Carrera GT too fast, and did not identify any mechanical issues with the Carrera GT.
However, difference of opinion between the official crash investigators and those tapped by Kristine Rodas’ attorney will be a big factor in the case. In a statement, Porsche said that the crash was the subject of a detailed probe by the proper authorities, noting the result of the investigation disproves the allegations in the lawsuit.
The carmaker remarked the crash was caused by driving at a high speed in a negligent manner, with a conclusion that no mechanical defect on the Carrera GT. Rodas and Walker were also business partners as thei co-owned an auto racing team and an exotic car shop named Always Evolving. [source: LAtimes]