It has been six months since "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas was taken away from us in a tragic car accident in a Porsche Carrera GT, yet we are still struggling to cope with the loss of our hero. However, our pain does not begin to compare to Roda's wife, Kristine. On Monday, Kristine and the Rodas family filed a lawsuit against Porsche and is holding the auto manufacturer responsible for the fatal accident.
The lawsuit, written by attorney Mark Geragos, claims Porsche is responsible for the deaths of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas because a design flaw resulted to a mechanical failure that caused the vehicle to crash. The suit stated that the Carrera GT's right rear suspension had failed, which caused the wheel to abruptly steer to the left and spin the car out of control.
Despite Roger Rodas' experience in racing and motorsports, the lawsuit continued, Rodas was unable to recover from the spin. Finally, the impact of the crash caused the fuel tank to leak gasoline towards the engine and ignite the Carrera GT in a devastating fireball before Paul Walker or Roger Rodas could escape. The suit also alleged that Rodas was piloting the Porsche Carrera GT at a conservative 55 mph when the crash occurred.
"The Carrera GT was unsafe for its intended use by reason of defects in its manufacture, design, testing, component and constituents, so that it would not safely serve its purpose," read an excerpt from the lawsuit. The Rodas family is seeking unspecified damages from Porsche Cars North America.
Kristine Rodas' lawsuit, however, contradicts with the sheriff's and California Highway Patrol report released in March. According to the CHP report, the 605 horsepower Porsche Carrera GT was traveling at speeds over 90 mph when it lost control at a turn. The $500,000 supercar struck a curb, swiped a tree, hit a light pole, then a second tree, before the passenger side of the vehicle smashed a third tree and split the vehicle in half. In fact, an accident reconstruction specialist wrote in the report that the vehicle had "no mechanical failure and the damage that occurred to the vehicle was from the collision."
The discrepancy between the lawsuit filed by the Rodas family and the sheriff's report is too wide to ignore. From what we gather from the police report, human error at double the speed limit played a far greater role in the accident. However, the crash safety of the powerful Porsche is called into question when the massive fireball that followed engulfed the Porsche and burned Paul Walker and Roger Rodas to death.
Now it's your turn. Do you believe Kristine Rodas' lawsuit against Porsche holds merit, or do you believe that Porsche should not be held responsible for the deaths of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!