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Paul Walker Crash

Driver's Widow Sues Porsche

5/12/2014 4:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Porsche Paul Walker and Roger Rodas died in was basically death on wheels ... and faulty mechanics caused the tragic crash ... at least that's what Rodas' widow is claiming in a new lawsuit filed against Porsche.

Kristine Rodas filed the lawsuit today ... claiming the Porsche Carrera GT Paul and Roger were driving had a faulty part in the suspension which caused the car to careen out of control. In the papers, she claims Roger tried to keep the car on the road, but could not regain control before hitting a light pole.

In the docs, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court ... Kristine also blames Porsche for the car exploding on impact -- claiming the vehicle lacked a proper "crash cage" and a "racing fuel cell."

According to the docs, the "fuel cell" is common in race cars ... and prevents the fuel from igniting if there's an impact.

Kristine quotes Porsche ... "Carrera GT is as close to a racecar as we will ever get."

She also alleges Porsche ignored multiple fatal crashes that had occurred in the Carrera GT ... and never took steps to warn customers.

Here's the problem ... Kristine never acknowledges Roger was speeding in the car -- in fact, she claims he was only doing 55 mph. Back in March the CHP released its investigation results ... which put the car at somewhere between 80 and 93 MPH.

Kristine's hired Hollywood heavyweight attorney Mark Geragos to take on Porsche. She's suing for negligence, wrongful death and product liability.

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46.

mkope1    

Thats gross, your husband killed a person and then the final report said it had nothing to do with car,just speeding. This women is a moron of epic purpotions

129 days ago
47.

boo boo    

Yeah, they can forget about that. None of this would have happened if Dude wasn't speeding like a demon.

129 days ago
48.

Yvonne    

Who advised her? She will never win this case.

129 days ago
49.

Kabala    

Good luck with that lawsuit, babe - you'll need it.

129 days ago
50.

Chris    

Excessive speed on a city street. I'm sorry for the loss of life, but accept it for what was, an accident from carelessness that killed an innocent passenger. This is not the movies.

129 days ago
51.

RamHead    

Didn't the investigation report state that:
1) Rodas was driving way too fast?
2) At least one of the tires was too old? Porsche recommends to change tires every four years and this tire was much older?
3) Changes had been made to the exhaust system, I think, to squeeze more hp out of the engine?

Some years ago I witnessed a boy getting killed. He rode a scooter, was t-boned by a car and died. Could he have survived? Many other witnesses think the boy could have if:
1) he hadn't run a red light at 40 mph (where 18 mph was the speed limit).
2) his scooter hadn't been equipped with a bigger carb and different exhaust system to achieve a much higher speed.
3) he had worn his helmet in the proper way. Instead he had his helmet tilted on the back of his head, because he was having a smoke. On impact he lost his helmet and smacked his head against the edge of the pavement.

His mother sued the driver of the car, but lost. She also sued the shopkeeper who sold the scooter to her son, but lost. Finally she sued the scooter manufacturer and lost again. To this day she doesn't want to accept the fact that her son was to blame, because her son was a responsible young man who would never make illegal changes to his scooter.

To Kristine Rodas I would say: "Good luck!"

129 days ago
52.

chisaii    

I just pugalistic stanced in my pants.

129 days ago
53.

Archer1992    

Wasn't the Porsche modified? Once a car is modified, the original manufacturer is not responsible for it.

129 days ago
54.

Miss k    

Widow needs the money to raise her kids and as usual what everyone would do is sue the company since they are obviously the ones with the big bucks .

129 days ago
55.

John    

Widow want money to finance lifestyle. Docs showed that this car was in poor maintenance and for some parts tuned. Actually the tires were to old also. And speeding like that on normal street is actually your private business and not Porsche´s.

129 days ago
56.

Onward    

Ah, yes....hire Mark Geragos. The male Gloria Allred. Cameras? Publicity? He'll take your case whether you have one or not. And going almost twice the speed limit? Sorry, but personal responsibility has to count for something.

129 days ago
57.

Nostradamus    

Great, if I buy a new Porsche, it will be even more expensive.

129 days ago
58.

a3196    

Cant sue a car company for the stupidity of the cars driver.

129 days ago
59.

t jam     

PAUL WALKERS FAMILY SHOULD SUE ROGER RODAS FAMILY FOR WRONGFUL DEATH AND DRIVING LIKE AN ASS HOLE IN A POST SPEED ZONE , SHE SHOULD SHUT HER MOUTH BEFORE THE LAWSUITS START DROPPING AT HER DOOR , WHO EVEN CARES ABOUT ROGER HE IS A NOBODY THAT KILLED A GREAT PERSON !!!!!!!

129 days ago
60.

just because    

how dare slick plastic yellow road dots take paul walker!!!

129 days ago
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