Time for a jury trial.
Almost two months ago, Meadow Walker, the 16-year-old daughter of the late actor and car enthusiast Paul Walker, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, alleging the German automaker "took safety shortcuts while loading the Carrera GT with a 605-horspepower engine capable of up to 205 mph and marketing it as a race car licensed for the road." As everyone surely knows by now, the elder Walker was killed on November 30, 2013 after leaving a charity event in Valencia, California in a Carrera GT.
His friend and business partner, Roger Rodas, was behind the wheel and was also killed. And now Porsche has officially responded to the suit, describing Walker as "a knowledgeable and sophisticated user of the 2005 Carrera GT." What's more, Porsche claims the car was "abused and altered" and "misused and improperly maintained." For example, investigators discovered post-crash the car was driving on a pair of 9-year-old tires. We're assuming that's one of the things Porsche is referring to. However, Meadow Walker's suit further alleges that Porsche failed to install proper safety features that could have prevented her father's death.
Her suit states the car's seat belts were installed so that when the car broke apart on impact, the shoulder belt anchor was pulled backwards along with the rear engine compartment; the seat belt didn't budge. That resulted in Walker's torso being "snapped back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs, pelvis, flattening his seat and trapping him in a supine position, where he remained alive until the vehicle erupted into flames one minutes and 20 seconds later." Investigators determined the accident was the result of "unsafe speed for the roadway conditions." Both Meadow Walker and Porsche are now seeking a jury trial.