A legal fight has apparently broken out between Porsche and Paul Walker’s daughter over the wrongful death lawsuit the latter filed against the former … because the car company has responded by blaming the late actor for his own death.
As ENTmania! reported, Paul’s 16-year old daughter Meadow Walker filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche in September, accusing it of hawking a ‘dangerous,’ defective car with instability and safety issues. According to that suit, Paul died not because of the impact of the crash or speeding, but died because he couldn’t escape from the car due to a badly constructed seat belt and doors.
Porsche’s rep had then claimed the suit lacks merit because Paul’s death ‘resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed’ – but now in court documents filed last week at the Los Angeles Superior Court, the company went forward by stating, ‘Mr Walker’s death, and all other injuries and damages claimed, are as a result of Mr Walker’s own comparative fault.’
The company goes on to claim that Walker, a ‘knowledgeable and sophisticated user of the 2005 Carrera GT,’ knew exactly the dangers associated with driving the car but ‘chose to conduct himself in a manner so as to expose himself to such perils, dangers and risk.’
(Mind you, Walker was NOT driving the car when it crashed. It was his friend Roger Rodas who was driving it at a speed which, according to investigators, was around 83 to 93 MPH … a figure Walker’s camp have since disputed.)
Porsche also claimed that Walker ‘misused and improperly maintained’ the vehicle, adding that the car was also ‘abused and altered’ by third parties not affiliated with them and without their knowledge after it was released into the market.
With that, Porsche prayed the court to dismiss the lawsuit against them and to make Walker’s camp pay for the costs of the suit.
In response to Porsche’s answer, a rep for Meadow told 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,’ continued the rep.
The rep ended with, ‘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.’
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