It’s been 2 years since Paul Walker’s tragic death on Nov. 30, 2013, when his car crashed in Santa Clara, California. Now, his daughter, Meadow, is suing Porsche for his fatal car crash.
Meadow is going after the auto manufacturer for reported negligence and wrongful death, reports Entertainment Tonight, who obtained the court documents.
The lawsuit filed by the 16-year-old claims that the Fast and Furious start “survived the physical forces of the collision,” and that design flaws ultimately caused the actor to be trapped in the car in a post-collision fire.
“It is with great reluctance that Meadow Walker has authorized the filing of this lawsuit on her own behalf and as heir to Paul Walker’s estate,” Meadow’s lawyer, Jeff Milam, said to Entertainment Tonight. “She’s a teenage girl who is still dealing with the tragic loss of her father. She values her privacy and won’t be making any comment. We ask everyone to respect that.”
The attorney for Roger Rodas’ family, the other passenger who died in the crash, provided a statement for Entertainment Tonight.
“The Walker family, like the Rodas family, would not have to grieve their loss is Porsche hand’t put a faulty product on the road,” attorney Mark Geragos said.
Despite her young age, Meadow has been handling her father’s estate with grace and maturity. On Sept. 12, her father’s birthday, she announced on Instagram that she is launching a foundation in her father’s name.
“Reflecting on my father, I found myself reflecting on his passions. His passion for the ocean, his passion for rescuing animals, his passion for helping people and his passion for spontaneous goodwill,” she posted. “I wanted to start this foundation because I want to share that piece of him with the world. I want to share that part of him with others. I am tremendously proud to be launching The #PaulWalkerFoundation (@paulwalkerfdn) on his birthday. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my father. #DoGood”
Porsche responded to the claims, insisting that the crash was not their fault.
“As we have said before, we are very sad whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly establish that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed,” the company said in a statement to ET on Tuesday.
The January 2014 autopsy performed on Walker reported that the 40-year-old died of “combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries” sustained in the crash. No traces of drugs or alcohol were found in either of the deceased bodies when toxicology tests were performed.
In March 2014, a report from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department stated that the crash was due to speed, seeing as Rodas had been driving the vehicle at 93 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone and 9-year-old tires.