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In the last few months, family members of Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker have been filing lawsuits against automaker Porsche; blaming the manufacturer for the fatal car accident in 2013. Paul’s father, Paul William Walker III is the latest family member to file suit on Wednesday.
As the executor of Paul’s estate, his father is suing for strict liability, negligence, and survival. Paul’s daughter, Meadow, and Kristine Rodas, the widow of his friend Roger Rodas, the driver of the car who was also killed in the crash, have recently filed similar suits.
Although investigators claim high speeds were the cause of death, family members cite mechanical problems and a lack of safety features.
The Porsche Carrera GT Paul and Roger were riding in is considered a sports car, but with race car-like features such as a mid-engine, no electronic stability control, and a top speed of 204 miles an hour. To put it in perspective, the Carrera GT has three times the horsepower of most cars on the road.
Paul’s father’s lawsuit includes some of the horrific details from the crash including that the seat belt he was wearing basically crushed him to near-death. As his father is claiming survival and not wrongful death, it also states that Paul was still alive and breathing before the car engulfed him and Roger in flames.
Both Roger and Paul were co-owners of a racing team called Always Evolving and were professional and licensed race car drivers. They had just left a fundraising event for Paul’s charity Reach Out Worldwide, which was being held at the team’s shop in Santa Clarita, when the crash occurred.
Porsche has continuously denied the claims and insists they are not responsible for either man’s death. However, neither party has issued an official statement in relation to the case.
The accident occurred almost two years ago on November 30, 2013. Paul was in the middle of shooting Furious 7 and was 40 years old at the time of the crash.