Meadow Rain Walker, the 16-year-old daughter of late Furious 7 star Paul Walker, and her guardian Brandon Birtell, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Volkswagon-owned car manufacturer Porsche, nearly two years after the beloved actor died in a car crash. An initial investigation into the accident that killed Paul Walker and his financial adviser Roger Rodas, claimed that accident was caused because the car, driven by Rodas, was going too fast, but this lawsuit alleges that the faulty car was to blame, citing the lack of an ""electronic stability control system" along with the seat belts that broke the actor's ribs and pelvis, which trapped him in the car before it caught fire and exploded. Here's an excerpt from the lawsuit, filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court.
"In her capacity as sole heir and on behalf of the Estate of Paul William Walker IV, Plaintiff is to recover all damage to the Estate proximately caused by the wrongful death of Paul William Walker IV, including without limitation, all lost income and earnings (present and future), expenses, and all general and special damages to the extent allowed by law."
The lawsuit alleges that the car was travelling 71 miles per hour at the time of the crash, not 100 mph. The plaintiffs also claim that Paul Walker would still be alive today, if the Porsche Carerra GT he was riding in was properly equipped, citing weak building materials and fuel lines, along with the seat belt. Roger Rodas' widow, Kristine M. Rodas, filed a similar wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche in May 2014, but the lawsuit was pushed back by the auto manufacturer, claiming that both deaths were caused by Rodas' driving. Both Paul Walker and Roger Rodas were experienced drivers, who took the Porsche Carerra GT out for a drive after a charity event on November 30, 2013. The actor was still shooting Furious 7 when the fatal accident occurred, during the production's Thanksgiving break. The LA County Coroner's office determined that the actor died of trauma and burn injuries.
After a lengthy delay following the beloved actor's death, production resumed on Furious 7 in April 2014, with the late actor's brothers, Caleb Walker and Cody Walker, serving as stand-ins. Director James Wan and screenwriter Chris Morgan extensively reworked the script during the production hiatus, giving Paul Walker's character Brian O'Connor a touching send-off. Furious 7 opened in theaters this April, earning a whopping $1.5 billion worldwide in its theatrical release.
The lawsuit doesn't specify an exact amount of damages, but since the lawsuit is seeking both "lost income" and "future earnings" that would have been earned in sequels such as Fast & Furious 8, the lawsuit could end up costing Porsche tens of millions of dollars. The plaintiffs are represented by Jeffery Milam of Pasadena and Roger Garrett, Ryan Squire, Jennifer Slater and Edward Racek of Garrett & Tully. You can visit Deadline.com to read the entire 18-page lawsuit.