Meadow Walker is taking on luxury car retailer Porsche in a wrongful death lawsuit over dad Paul Walker’s untimely 2013 passing. According to the 16-year-old’s claim, design flaws in the 2005 Carrera GT that Paul was in when he died contributed to the tragedy, as the Fast & Furious star wasn’t actually killed on impact when his friend, Roger Rodas, crashed. According to TMZ, the actor was still alive when the car caught fire.
Lawyers representing Meadow claim the actor was trapped in the car when nearly a minute and a half later the Porsche caught fire. It alleges: “Paul Walker breathed soot into his trachea while the Porsche Carrera GT burned.”
The speed at which the Porsche was travelling has also been questioned. At the time of the accident, law enforcement put the cause of the crash down to speeding, finding that Roger had been driving at between 80 and 93 MPH. Meadow’s lawsuit, however, claims the vehicle was travelling between 63 and 71 MPH.
The suit filed also alleges that Porsche had been aware of their Carrera GT having “a history of instability and control issues,” and that the defect could have been corrected by installing a stability management system, according to documents obtained by TMZ.
— Meadow Walker (@MeadowWalker) September 12, 2015
Jeff Milam, an attorney representing Meadow, told the website, “The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn’t belong on the street. And we shouldn’t be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas.”
Paul tragically passed away alongside his friend in November 2013 at the age of 40 in Santa Clarita, California.
Earlier this month Meadow marked her late dad’s birthday by launching the Paul Walker Foundation in his honour, to "share that piece of him with the world" she wrote on social media.
The young teen revealed the news on her Instagram page on Paul’s birthday, alongside a sweet throwback photo of herself as a young child, smiling and laughing while sat with her handsome father.