It only took a day.
Yesterday we learned that Meadow Walker, the 16-year-old daughter of the late Paul Walker, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, claiming the German automaker "took safety shortcuts while loading the Carrera GT with a 605-horsepower engine capable of up to 205 mph and marketing it as a race car licensed for the road." It only took a single day for Porsche to respond, once again denying any liability and that the Carrera GT Walker was a passenger in was mechanically sound.
“As we have said before, we are very sad whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly establish that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed.” Porsche has a point. In the wake of the crash, law enforcement investigators determined Walker and friend/business partner/and actual driver of the Carrera GT on that tragic day, Roger Rodas, were going between 80 and 93 mph. The speed limit where the crash happened was 45 mph. However, Meadow Walker’s lawsuit claims that Rodas was only going between 63 and 71 mph; it was the lack of stability control and inadequate side- and roll-over impact protection that caused both to perish.
But the bottom line is this: the Carrera GT was not only found to be mechanically solid before the accident but that it also met all required government-imposed safety standards for a 2005 vehicle. Both Porsche and investigators maintain high speed was the sole cause of the crash. In addition to Meadow Walker’s lawsuit, the widow of Roger Rodas filed a wrongful death suit of her own against Porsche in 2014, which is still ongoing.