[KHTS] – Nearly two years after the fiery crash in Santa Clarita, Porsche officials claim Paul Walker’s death and injuries were his fault, and not the manufacturer’s.
Walker’s “death, and all other injuries or damages claimed, were the result of (his) own comparative fault,” court documents filed by Porsche said, according to a CNN article.
Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, were killed on Nov. 30, 2013 in a single-vehicle car collision in the Valencia industrial park.
The 40-year-old actor is best known for his role as Brian O’Connor in the “Fast and Furious” films. His brothers were used as body doubles and computer-generated images superimposed his face onto his brother’s for the characters last scenes.
Porsche told CNN that the car “was abused and altered after being placed into the stream of commerce in a manner that was not reasonably foreseeable to (Porsche Cars North America).”
A wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Porsche on behalf of Walker’s daughter, 16-year-old Meadow Rain Walker, in September.
The lawsuit alleged that the vehicle lacked safety features “that are found on well-designed racing cars or even Porsche’s least expensive road cars — features that could have prevented the accident or, at a minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash,” according to CNN.
Rodas’ wife previously sued Porsche, alleging the suspension on the car failed and caused the crash.
“The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn’t belong on the street,” Walker’s attorney, Jeff Milam, said in a statement to CNN in a previous article. “And we shouldn’t be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas.”
Investigators determined in March of 2014 that the cause of the crash was unsafe speed for the roadway conditions, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Commander Mike Parker to CNN.
“As we have said before, we are saddened whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly established that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed,” Calvin Kim with Porsche Cars North America said in a previous interview with CNN.
“(Roger Rodas) was driving a red Porsche Carrera GT at an unsafe speed, approximately 100+ mph, in the No. 1 eastbound lane on Hercules Street, approaching Constitution,” according to the Coroner’s Office report.
“For unknown reasons, the driver lost control of his vehicle, and the vehicle partially spun around, and began traveling in a southeast direction. The vehicle then struck a curb, and the driver’s side of the vehicle struck a tree and then a light post,” the report continued.
The force of the collision then spun the car around again, and the passenger’s side struck a tree and the vehicle burst into flames, according to notes from Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, who were the investigators first on the scene.
Walker was in Santa Clarita Valley for a toy drive to benefit his nonprofit and was the passenger in the Porsche Carrera GT that Rodas was driving.