‘Driver to blame for Paul Walker’s death’

The driver was to blame in the fiery crash of a Porsche sports car that killed actor Paul Walker in California in 2013, not design defects with the car, attorneys for the German carmaker have said.

‘Driver to blame for Paul Walker’s death’

Walker was a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by Roger Rodas, who lost control of the vehicle before it careened into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita, north-west of Los Angeles, killing both men.

Rodas’s widow filed a lawsuit against Porsche’s North American unit last year, alleging negligence and wrongful death among other claims.

Walker’s death in November 2013 at the age of 40 led to a temporary halt in production of Fast and Furious 7, the latest film in the series about illegal street racing that helped popularise his career. The film opens today.

In February the judge dismissed some of the plaintiff’s claims but said Porsche must face claims over whether the car was defectively designed and made. Porsche’s attorneys this week laid the blame on Rodas.

They said: “Roger Rodas’s death, and all other injuries or damages claimed, were the result of Roger Rodas’s own comparative fault.”

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