Paul Walker: Porsche Scores Huge Victory in Wrongful Death Case
Paul WalkerPorsche Scores Huge VictoryIn Wrongful Death Lawsuit
4/5/2016 6:48 AM PT
The fiery crash that killed Paul Walker and good friend Roger Rodas was not the fault of Porsche ... so says a judge who threw out a wrongful death/product liability lawsuit filed by Rodas' widow.
The judge ruled it was nothing but speculation that alleged design defects in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT caused the November 2013 crash.
Kristine alleged 4 defects and the judge shot each of them down. She claimed the passenger compartment wasn't sturdy enough to withstand impact. The judge said Rodas' fatal injuries occurred when he actually was hurled into Paul Walker.
Kristine claimed the car was not built to withstand side impact. The judge noted Kristine's own expert said the fatal force came from the front -- hitting the light pole -- and not the side.
The judge also shot down the claim that the fuel cell was compromised, causing a fire. But the judge concluded fire was not the cause of Rodas' death.
And the last claim ... something failed in the car's suspension. The judge said the proof just wasn't there.
Paul's daughter, Meadow, has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche. The judge has yet to rule, but this decision could be a bad omen for her.