A judge has ruled that Porsche is not at fault for the fatal crash that claimed the lives of actor Paul Walker and driver Roger Rodas.
U.S. District Judge Phillip S. Gutierrez ruled that there was not enough evidence in Kristine Rodas’ claims that her husband died because the Porsche Carrera GT he was driving lacked several key safety features. The judge also said that there was no evidence the Carrera GT’s suspension failed before the crash, which is what Rodas’ lawsuit claimed. The lawsuit also alleged that the Porsche Carrera GT lacked a crash cage and fuel cell.
“Plaintiff has provided no competent evidence that Rodas’ death occurred as a result of any wrongdoing on the part of defendant,” Gutierrez wrote.
The fatal accident occurred in November 2013, when Walker was in the passenger seat of his Porsche Carrera GT with Roger Rodas behind the wheel. The vehicle spun out of control and hit three trees before it burst into flames in Santa Clarita, California.
There are still two lawsuits pending in Los Angeles Superior Court, where Walker’s daughter and father are also suing Porsche. The ruling in Rodas’ case will have no bearing on the other two cases.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol conducted their own investigation and concluded that the Carrera GT was traveling 94 mph when it crashed, saying that unsafe speed was the cause of the crash, not mechanical issues. Kristine Rodas plans on appealing the decision.
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