Society and Culture
Widow’s Case Against Porsche in Paul Walker Death Hits a Setback
Kristine Rodas’ suit against luxury car company Porsche had a major setback last week. Rodas, widow of Roger Rodas who was killed along with actor Paul Walker in a tragic car accident in November 2013 that involved a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT in Valencia, California
Back in May, Roger Rodas’ wife filed a lawsuit against Porsche citing negligence as the cause of death. Court documents describe the Porsche Carrera GT that her husband was driving as an “ultra-high-performance-super-sports car for the road,” that goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 205 miles per hour. The complaint argues that such a high-powered sports car should have a higher standard of crash protection, and that a mechanical malfunction forced Rodas to veer off the road. The lawsuit claims that a “properly functioning crash cage” would have prevented the deaths by preventing “intrusion into the passenger compartment,” damage to the fuel tank, and the splitting of the vehicle in half. A separate investigator was hired to evaluate the wreckage and claims that the car was only going 55 mph instead of the 100 mph that the LA County coroner, LA County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Highway Patrol all cited.
U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez dismissed four of the five grounds for the lawsuit, finding that the complaint did not include enough specifics. The case was not fully dismissed however, and lawyers are allowed to amend the lawsuit as filed.
It seems to me that if three separate investigations were done as soon as the incident happened and they all came to the same conclusion, the new investigation would not be warranted or even accurate. The California Highway Patrol as well as the LA County Sheriff’s Department also noted that there were no mechanical defects of the vehicle involved in the crash, but rather it was due to pure negligence on the driver’s part.
I understand that Rodas is grieving and she wants someone to pay for the death of her husband and Walker, but she is pointing the finger at the wrong people. A thorough investigation was conducted when the incident occurred and questions were answered. It’s hard to grasp the loss of a loved one but sometimes you have to realize that a life was lost because of a lifestyle. Roger Rodas chose a life of racing cars and was probably aware of the dangers involved on that path. I feel sorry for the Walker and Rodas families, but this lawsuit is dragging out the tragedy.
The day after Rodas’ legal setback, fellow Fast and the Furious franchise actor Vin Diesel posted a photo on Facebook of Paul Walker in the new FF 7 trailer. The movie is set to come out in April 2015 and I will absolutely be there standing in line hours before the midnight showing.