BERLIN, Germany – Porsche said Wednesday, October 25, it reached a settlement with the teenage daughter of The Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker in a wrongful death suit over the actor’s death in a fiery crash.
“The matter was settled in an agreement between the two parties,” a spokesman for the German luxury car maker told Agence France-Presse without providing any details.
Meadow Walker, now 18, had filed the lawsuit in 2015 alleging safety shortcuts had led to the car accident in California that killed her father two years before.
Walker was in the passenger seat of a 2005 Porche Carrera GT when it slammed into trees and a lamp post in California on November 30, 2013, killing the actor and the driver, his friend and financial adviser, Roger Rodas.
Investigators concluded that Rodas was driving at an unsafe speed, causing it go out of control.
US media reports said that the suit alleged that Porsche knew the Carrera GT had a history of instability but failed to add a control system to correct the problem.
The suit also alleged that the car’s seat belt was installed in such a way that when the vehicle fractured on impact, the shoulder belt was yanked with the rear engine compartment while the seat belt anchor stayed put, trapping Walker in the burning car.
Paul Walker gained fame in the street racing action franchise The Fast and the Furious, starring in 5 of 6 installments until his death. – Rappler.com
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