Widow of driver in Paul Walker’s fatal crash suing Porsche
Roger Rodas was driving the Porsche that killed Paul Walker and himself on that fateful night.
Roger Rodas was driving the Porsche that killed Paul Walker and himself on that fateful night. Now Rodas’ widow Kristine Rodas is suing Porsche for negligence and wrongful death. Radar online has posted Court documents filed by Rodas claiming that the car’s suspension malfunctioned causing the car to veer out of control and could not be regained before the car hit the light pole.
The below excerpts are from the filed court document.
“Evidence from the scene of the crash…indicated that as the right rear tire suddenly steered to the left and caused the Porsche to begin a yaw clockwise… Mr.Rodas attempted to counter this sudden movement by steering the vehicle to the left. Despite this attempt to bring the vehicle back under control, the Porsche continued its clockwise movement, climbed onto the concrete curb, and swiped a tree with the right front corner of the car. Just after the right front corner of car slid past the tree, the driver’s side of the vehicle struck a street light pole east of the tree. The pole broke off, with the top of the pole landing south of the base. The Porsche continued east on the side of the road and struck a second tree with the front of the car. This impact was significant enough to cause the front airbags to deploy and the car to spin towards a third tree. The Porsche struck the third tree at the passenger door, causing the vehicle to break into two pieces, wrapped around the tree. The Porsche caught fire after this final impact, engulfing the entire wreckage in flames.”
“The cause of the fire was from an impact to the fuel tank causing the tank to rupture and spill fuel on the front right side of the engine compartment. While a proper crash cage would have prevented the tank from being crushed, even if the tank was impacted, the fire would have been prevented had the vehicle been fitted with a proper racing fuel cell.”
Kristine claims that her husband was only driving 55 mph. Prior investigation reported the car to be speeding at close to 90 mph.
Kristine has hired criminal defense lawyer Mark Geragos who has also defended celebrity clients Michael Jackson, actress Winona Ryder, politician Gary Condit, Susan McDougal and Scott Peterson.