Porsche has denied allegations of being responsible for the death of the late “Fast and Furious” star, stating that Paul’s death was his own fault as he was ”a knowledgeable and sophisticated user of the 2005 Carrera GT” when the vehicle he was travelling in lost control and crashed in Santa Clarita two years ago.
According to TMZ, the car company does not elaborate, but they are saying Paul should not have allowed or participated in a high-speed ride under the conditions that existed.
However, a rep for Meadow Walker tells TMZ,
“It is beyond regrettable that Porsche is trying to deflect its own responsibility by blaming the victim, Paul Walker, for his own death by getting into the passenger seat of its Carrera GT. Contrary to Porsche’s assertions, the facts are clear: Paul was the passenger in a car that was not designed to protect its occupants, in a crash on a dry, empty straightaway in broad daylight and at speeds well below the vehicle’s advertised capabilities.”
The rep adds, “If Porsche had designed the car to include proper safety features, Paul would have survived, he would be filming ‘Fast and Furious 8’ and Meadow Walker would have the father she adored.”
On the issue of the car’s design being defective, the car company says “the subject 2005 Carrera GT was abused and altered …” The company added the car was “misused and improperly maintained.”
Porsche makes various claims, some of which if proven would foreclose any recovery of money, but the company also suggests there might be “comparative fault” … meaning Paul was partly to blame and any damages awarded should be reduced accordingly.
Meadow filed a lawsuit against the company two months ago as she believes the car wouldn’t have spun out of control if it had a substantial stabilisation system. She also disputed law enforcement’s assertion that the crash was caused by speeding, with Roger driving between 80 to 93 miles per hour, as she claims his actual speed was between 63 and 71 mph.
The youngster went on to state the Fast and Furious star was still alive when the car caught fire and a ”defective” seat belt prevented him from escaping after the safety feature ”snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis” and leaving him trapped.
Walker tragically died two years ago in Santa Clarita, California when his friend Roger lost control of the Carrera GT they were travelling in and hit a concrete lamppost, followed by two trees, before the car went up in flames.
source: TMZ; timeslive