Although the crash that ended the lives of Paul Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, in 2013 has been ruled a result of speed, Roger’s wife, Kristine Rodas, has come to a different conclusion. Kristine has filed a lawsuit against Porsche, claiming that a failure in the car’s suspension system is to blame for the accident.
Roger and Paul were tragically killed in November 2013 at a charity event when the car they were test driving burst into flames. However, according to People, Kristine’s lawsuit states that the Porsche Carrera GT was only traveling 55 mph and might not have killed the old friends if it had basic safety features in place.
The lawsuit claims negligence, wrongful death, and product liability, and Kristine says that had the car been outfitted with the kind of fuel cell it should have had, the explosion might never have happened.
“A properly functioning crash cage would have prevented the death of Roger Rodas and Paul Walker,” the lawsuit says. “The fire would have been prevented had the vehicle been fitted with a proper racing fuel cell.”
In March, an investigation into the crash reports that the car was traveling between 80-93 mph in a 45 mph speed zone at the time of the crash, ruling that the official cause was “unsafe speed for the roadway conditions.” Kristine’s lawsuit obviously contradicts that report.
So how fast was the car actually going, and are Porsche’s faulty mechanics to blame? Stay tuned.