On November 30th, 2013, a Porsche Carrera GT driven by Roger Rodas, and occupied by Fast & Furious star Paul Walker, crashed in Santa Clarita, California and burst into flames. Both Roger Rodas and Paul Walker were killed in the accident.
Almost immediately after the crash, Rodas’ widow Kristine filed a civil suit against Porsche for an alleged defect in the Carrera GT which led to her husband’s death. But according to NBC News, the automaker’s lawyers have released a statement claiming that Roger Rodas’ reckless driving is solely to blame for the tragic crash that killed both he and Paul Walker.
NBC reports that Kristine Rodas’ lawsuit has cited an alleged suspension failure in the rear passenger’s side of the car, which caused the Carrera GT to swing left and crash. Despite this, Porsche maintains that the Carrera GT has no defects, and investigators maintain that most probably, unsafe speed caused the accident which took the lives of both Roger Rodas and Paul Walker.
Said Porsche’s filing: “Roger Rodas’s [sic] death, and all other injuries or damages claimed, were the result of Roger Rodas’s [sic] own comparative fault.” They further allege that he “chose to conduct himself in a manner so as to expose himself and others to such perils, dangers and risks.”