Paul Walker death details are leaking out through a lawsuit filed by the late actor’s daughter, ones that shed light on the actor’s tragic final moments.
Walker died in November 2013 when the Porsche that his friend was driving spun off the road and struck a tree, where it split in two and caught on fire. Reports initially indicated that the driver, Roger Rodas, was traveling in speeds excess of 100 miles per hour, but a new lawsuit against the automaker by Meadow Walker disputes that.
Meadow Walker is suing Porsche for wrongful death, and in doing so revealed new details on the death of Paul Walker.
Celeb Dirty Laundry noted:
“Paul Walker’s wrongful death lawsuit explains that Roger Rodas was speeding, but only going 63-71 MPH when the crash happened and not 80 to 93 MPH as law enforcement claim. The car Paul and Roger were driving, a Carrera GT, careened out of control due to improper stabilization system. The force of the crash ‘snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis,’ according to the suit. That means, Paul was trapped, in the car. A fire then broke out 1 minute and 20 seconds after the crash, but Walker was unable to escape thanks to his injuries.”
The lawsuit claims that Paul Walker was still alive when the car came to a stop, and that a medical exam found soot in his trachea, indicating that he was still breathing when the fire broke out.
The lawsuit claims that Porsche’s Stability Management System was the defect that caused the crash, and alleges that the automaker knew about the defect but did not correct it.
“The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn’t belong on the street. And we shouldn’t be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas,” Meadow Walker’s lawyer told TMZ.
Meadow Walker added that her father would still be alive were it not for the design flaw in the vehicle.
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. 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 has already responded, expressing condolences to the family of Paul Walker but standing by the police report that claimed the crash was caused by Rodas’ “reckless driving and excessive speed.”
The amount that Meadow Walker is seeking in the lawsuit was not specified.
This is not the only legal action that Porsche is facing related to the crash that took Paul Walker’s life. Rodas’ widow, Kristin, has also sued the company claiming that the vehicle had a design flaw that was never addressed.
The details on Paul Walker’s death seem to confirm details that leaked within weeks of the November 2013 crash that took his life. Reports claimed that moments before impact, Walker entered what is known as a pugilistic stance, or a defensive posture that appeared to be preparing for impact.
The Porsche that Walker was riding in reportedly spun 180 degrees before striking the tree and ripping in half. A medical examiner determined that Paul Walker had a number of broken bones, including his collar bone, jaw, and upper arm.
A coroner explained that Paul Walker burned to death in the vehicle, describing “how the muscles of the body contract due to the heat into a ‘boxer-like’ appearance.” This stance is “characterized by flexion of elbows, knees, hip, neck and clenching of hand into a fist,” with the extreme heat from the fire then causing the muscles to stiffen.
The coroner’s report shed another disturbing detail on the death of Paul Walker. It read that his injuries were so severe and the burns so deep that the examiner needed to consult dental records to make a positive identification.
[Image via Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department via NBC News]