Skip to comments.Widow Sues Porsche In Crash That Killed Husband, Paul Walker
Posted on 05/12/2014 6:45:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin
The wrongful death lawsuit by Kristine M. Rodas says her husband was driving at 55 mph not at unsafe speeds as law enforcement investigators determined before it crashed last year. Roger W. Rodas was driving a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT capable of more than 200 mph, but his wifes lawsuit says the vehicle lacked a proper crash cage and safety features in the gas tank that would have saved both mens lives.
The lawsuit also contends that a failure in the cars suspension system forced it to careen out of control and strike three trees while driving down a street in Santa Clarita.
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They were driving fifty-five MPH, but struck three trees in succession?
Many cars today,it’s reported,have something resembling a “black box” that records speeds,etc.Don’t know if that applies to 2005 models.
Who you gonna believe? A trial lawyer, or the L.A. police?
Well, when you put it like that...
I don’t think the car would be turned into a cube of metal at only 55 mph.
What non race car has a crash cage?
If anyone should be sued, it’s the city for using those DANGEROUS, SLICK RAISED DOTS IN THE ROADWAY.
Tough choice actually ;)
Seriously though, an 05 Porsche having a suspension failure is about as likely as pigs flying. Unless the car had been crashed prior or raced extensively it ain’t likely.
And yes, 55 can take a few trees to stop. But he probably was not going 55.
This woman is grasping at anything for some kind of comfort and closure in the death of her husband. It’s a damned shame some POS trial lawyer got his hooks into her.
Who knows? They may be suing the tax payers too. “Dangerous” pavement markers is the kind of nonsense which plaintiff lawyers have tried to base cases on in the past. I kid you not!
This is frivolous and should be thrown out. In fact, the plaintiff and lawyer should be fined $1,500 each for even suggesting there be a lawsuit.
THAT car, at 55 MPH, would barely skid before coming to a stop in a very short distance (assuming the breaks were applied aggressively or the car was in a skid). I suspect they were traveling somewhere near twice that fast, as the official reports indicate.
I feel bad for the families. It’s tragic. But it the lawsuit is shameless greed in my opinion.
That particular Porsche had nothing but racing grade suspension parts in it. I have crewed for a most notable Porsche team and they still had to use stock GT3 suspension parts in the Rolex endurance races so her excuse that the suspension was not up to the challenge of street or any other kind of driving is pure bull-hockey. If they think that some snot-nosed legal lackey is going to bring this case against the legal teams amassed by Porsche, boy do they have an awakening coming.
99.9999999% of the time, it is the totally unqualified nut behind the wheel in such events on the street that are the mean failure point.
55 mph? Seems unlikely to me.
And Paul Walker was hardly unqualified after getting the amount of training he would have gotten after 6 movies, and a seventh one upcoming.
He’s probably had far more training than most people who own those types of cars.
In the USA of today? Don't count on it.Remember,juries usually found in favor of JOHN EDWARDS when he told them he could communicate with the dead babies who were,he claimed,killed by unqualified physicians.
He wasn’t driving at all. I feel for her and thought Paul Walker was great but this seems like a vengeance lawsuit and not thought out carefully.
greedy money grubbing cow...
Very bad form....really she is just upset. However, he was worth 25 million and she got it all so she is not thinking correctly.
I’m in New Mexico and have seen more highway carnage than watching “Signal 30” about 50 times. No way they were going 50.
I don’t think they were married at the time of the accident. A lot of people will call themselves husbands or wives, but not have the paper to back it up.
You certainly could be right. I am unsure.
He wasn’t driving.
I know he wasn’t driving. Sorry for giving the impression otherwise.
We put too much CO2 in the atmosphere.
That CO2 was taken up by the trees to make them bigger and stronger than they otherwise would be.
If we hadn't put all that CO2 in the atmosphere the trees would have been easily crushed by the Porsche and the occupants would have received just minor cuts and bruises.
She was also only about 15, perhaps 16, at the time of the crash as well.
Yeah,,, after those movies he has to be a trained driver. Kinda like the way Eastwood was a detective, and Mark Hamill had extensive training in X-wing space fighters.
I’ll let you be the judge. :)
His grandfather was also a professional race car driver.
Someone modifies the car and she sues Porsche.
At least according to the article, he’s the most skilled of the cast when it comes to driving.
Yeah, a Porsche set up like that, on clean dry pavement...??? At 55 mph that thing could come to a complete stop in less than 100 ft, or slow down to a very survivable impact in much less than that. Or simply turn. I’ve seen Porsches and other similarly set up cars make amazing turns. If that car couldn’t navigate a simple street safely it was either driver error and/or excessive speed.
I had dance training for a show once. Does that make me a professional dancer?
If you are not currently employed as a professional dancer, you should sue your trainer for having failed. I suggest $10M for pain and suffering.
I would agree, the parts angle to this is a lose-lose situation. However, if she can note one single part failure...I’d suggest letting Porsche evaluate that part and determine if it’s a legit part manufactured by them, or if it’s a fake (made in China). There are custom shops that look for ways to save on costs and enhance their profits, and this might be one rare example of such action.
Personally, I think the driver screwed up and it’s a plain accident...like thousands of others that occur daily in America.
As I understand it Mr. Walker was a hobby racer - had training and some experience. He drove the "pace car" for the 2011 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Ironically, that was a Porsche 911. (stock) According to a buddy of mine associated with the race Mr. Walker drove the course in a very respectable 14 minutes flat, a time that would have made a decent showing in several of the classes that year had he been racing. Shame he wasn't driving the Porsche that day...
I have seen a lot of TC photos and reports, and tend to agree. Though, never any of this type of car before.
While in a turn, if a post on the outside of the turn, is “found” (hard hit) by a rear tire, a vicious spin may be induced.
While the vehicle is spinning quickly, a subsequent post can cleave the car -— especially an aluminum or synthetic body -— and split the car, particularly when the car has a rear-mounted engine.
At 50 mph, a car that somehow enters a spin, can complete 1 full spin, within 2 seconds.
You could be sitting in a modern SUV, completely still, when a truck hits your front right tire at 40 mph, inducing a spin of your SUV that places you 180 degrees from the direction that you were facing ... within 1 second of the hit.
It is possible that the last tree of the unfortunate accident, “found” a structurally-opportunistic location of the passenger side of the Porsche Carrera GT, and split the car.
The car is vulnerable just-immediately ahead of the firewall-pillar-post-roll structure.
A tree or object “meets” whatever is the floor pan, in the case of the non-integral har-top (ie it’s a soft-top). The vulnerable spot, probably right where the door “knob” is.
Composite structures, though “solid” when new, are sensitive to vibration with aging.
It takes a special kind of stupid to propose that a 55 mph crash could do that to a Carrera GT.
If the court has even the tiniest appreciation for the laws of physics they'll throw this out in a heartbeat.
Oh. I think I see the problem now...
Her lawyer is Mark Geragos. Clinton Lawyer. I think we can definitely call him a scumbag.
Shameless and greed. Do we really need two words in the language for the same meaning?
Friends of Rodas suggested that the accident was caused by mechanical failure, which has been found to be untrue. Rodas was a professional driver, but it appears that this one time he was showing off, and the 612-horsepower supercar got the better of he and Walker. automotive.com
155 mph, maybe...
Eastwood is a detective, he figured out the leader of the country is nothing but an empty chair.
If the 25 mil was from insurance, no lawyer got paid.
A lawyer is attempting to have that oversight rectified.
Perhaps they should dig out some of the old Mythbusters episodes where they slammed cars into each other and solid objects at various speeds.
That pic sure looks more like the 110 mph one than the 55 mph one.