Porsche has released a response to Paul Walker’s daughter filing a wrongful death suit against the German automaker.
This isn’t the first time Porsche has denied liability in the accident involving Paul Walker’s Carrera GT that resulted in the death of driver Roger Rodas and the Fast and the Furious actor. “As we have said before, we are very sad whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly establish that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed,” Porsche said in a statement.
Law enforcement has determined that the accident occurred with the Carrera GT speeding between 80 and 93 mph in an area where the speed limit was set at 45 mph. Walker’s lawyer, Jeff Milam, is claiming that driver Roger Rodas was actually going between 63 and 71 mph and the lack of stability control and insufficient side- and roll-over impact protection is what resulted in Rodas and Walker’s deaths.
The lawsuit is also pointing out that Porsche failed to install a racing fuel tank that helps prevent fires in the result of a heavy crash in the Carrera GT, although it’s worth noting that racing fuel tanks do not tend to find their way into production vehicles.
Authorities have stated that the Porsche Carrera GT was mechanically sound, met all safety standards necessary for a 2005 model year vehicle and that speed was the primary cause of the accident. The German automaker is also currently facing a lawsuit brought by Rodas’ wife from May 2014 and that case is still ongoing.
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