Porsche bosses: "Paul Walker’s death was caused by speed and NOT a design defect"

The car company has denied allegations that the 2013 crash was a design error
ByAndre NevelingThursday , 02 April 2015
Porsche bosses: "Paul Walker’s death was caused by speed and NOT a design defect"
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RIP Paul Walker

Bosses at sports car giant Porsche have ruled out design defects as the cause of Paul Walker's death in 2013.

As movie fans await the release the last film, Furious 7, this weekend, attorneys for the German car manufacturer have ruled driver error was to blame for the fiery Porsche Carrera GT crash that cost the action star his life. Paul was a passenger in the car driven by pal and business associate Roger Rodas, who lost control of the vehicle before it crashed into pole in Santa Clarita, California. Both men were killed.

Roger' widow filed a lawsuit against Porsche's North American bosses last year, alleging negligence and wrongful death. A judge dismissed many of the plaintiff's claims in February, but ruled that Porsche bosses still had to face allegations suggesting the car was defectively designed. In their response, the company's attorneys write: "Roger Rodas's death, and all other injuries or damages claimed, were the result of Roger Rodas's own comparative fault... (He) chose to conduct himself in a manner so as to expose himself and others to such perils, dangers and risks." They claim the vehicle was "abused and altered" and that could have been a factor in the accident. California authorities have already ruled the crash was caused by excessive speed, not mechanical failure. 

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