The wife of Roger Rodas is suing Porsche over the crash that killed her husband and actor Paul Walker back in November. She contends the car manufacturer produced a faulty vehicle, which caused her husband’s wrongful death.
Rodas and Walker were attending a charity event for the Fast & Furious actor’s Reach Out Worldwide. The two left the event in Rodas’ 2005 Carrera GT, driving only 100 yards when the vehicle crashed, killing them both.
The lawsuit states the vehicle was traveling at 55 miles per hour when Rodas lost control. Kristine Rodas believes the crash is attributed to a failure of a suspension component in the right rear wheel area.
The lawsuit also lays out how the car was not able to withstand the impact without a functioning crash cage. The malfunctioning fuel cell also led to the car catching fire, the lawsuit maintains.
Official crash investigation findings tell a different tale than that laid out in the lawsuit. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s investigation attributed the crash to unsafe driving rather than a mechanical failure. The report stated Rodas was driving between 80mph and 93mph. The speed limit in the area of the crash is 45mph.
Details and photo courtesy of US Weekly