Paul Walker‘s daughter has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche claiming that her father was not immediately killed when the car crashed but that he suffered immensely when it burst into flames.
Meadow Walker‘s attorney claims that the Porsche Carrera GT was “defective” when it crashed, and that his seat belt “snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis.”
The documents alleges that “vehicle lacked safety features” and that “when the car broke apart upon impact, the shoulder belt anchors traveled with the rear engine compartment while the seat belt anchors remained with the passenger compartment.”
Claims about the graphic nature of the Fast & Furious star’s death were detailed.
“This snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis, flattening his seat and trapping him in a supine position, where he remained alive until the vehicle erupted into flames one minute and twenty seconds later,” the documents state.
“The fire was caused by yet another defect: rubber fuel lines that lacked break-free fittings to automatically shut down the fuel flow. Absent these defects in the Porsche Carrera GT, Paul Walker would be alive today.”
The documents also described the alleged speed of the car at the time of impact.
“Plaintiff is informed and believes, and based thereon alleges, that after traveling for approximately 100 feet on the straightaway on Hercules Street, the Porsche Carrera GT was traveling at approximately 63 to 71 mph when it suddenly went out of control … for approximately 95 feet, rotating 59 degrees, striking and mounting the curb on the south side of Hercules Street at approximately 49 to 59 mph. The right front corner of the Porsche Carrera GT brushed past a tree and the driver’s side of the vehicle struck a light post east of the tree.”
Meadow’s attorney writes that her father’s death on November 30, 2013, along with Roger Rodas, was horrific.
“Plaintiff is informed and believes, and based thereon alleges, that Paul Walker survived the physical forces of the collision and was alive when the Porsche Carrera GT became engulfed in fire,” the documents state. “Plaintiff is informed and believes that the seatbelt continued to apply force across Paul Walker’s body after the Porsche Carrera GT came to a rest, causing his breathing to become shallow and prevented any escape or rescue. Paul Walker remained trapped in the vehicle for approximately one minute and twenty seconds before the vehicle became engulfed in fire. Paul Walker breathed soot into his trachea while the Porsche Carrera GT burned.”
The lawsuit is requesting unspecified damages. Meadow’s attorney released a statement about the court filing.
“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,” the 16-year-old’s attorney says. “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. Everything else we have to say is contained in the lawsuit. And we shouldn’t be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas.”