Paul Walker’s Daughter Receives Settlement From Car Crash Driver’s Estate
Meadow plans to continue with her lawsuit against Porsche.
Paul Walker’s daughter Meadow has been awarded a $10.1m (£7.2m) settlement from the estate of Roger Rodas, who was driving the car in the fatal crash.
In November 2013, Roger was driving a Porsche Carrera GT at speeds of between 80-93mph when it span out of control, crashing into trees and bursting into flames in Santa Clarita.
TMZ reports that Meadow’s settlement was actually made in 2014, with attorney Jeff Milam saying its basis was that Roger was ‘partly to blame for the fatal accident’, though he was ‘not directing the car through any particularly unsafe manoeuvres when it went out of control’.
In a statement, Jeff said the settlement covers a ‘fraction of what her father would have earned as an international movie star had his life not been tragically cut short’.
He added that Meadow is continuing with her lawsuit against Porsche after first filing a complaint in September, in which she claims design defects in the car caused the crash.
In a statement to USA Today, he said: "Through his estate, Mr. Rodas, the driver of the car, took partial responsibility for the crash. Meadow's lawsuit against Porsche AG – a $13 billion corporation – intends to hold the company responsibly for producing a vehicle that was defective and caused Paul Walker's death."
This week, a court dismissed a similar lawsuit filed by Roger's widow, Kristine Rodas.
Porsche deny any wrongdoing in the design, manufacturing or marketing of the car in question.
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