Finally. Meadow Walker — the 18-year-old daughter of the late Paul Walker — has reached a settlement in her wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, according to court documents obtained by E! News. Meadow’s famous father was 40 years old when he tragically died in 2013 during a high-speed car crash while he was a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT.
E! News reports that Meadow and the luxury car company reached a settlement on Monday, Oct. 16. The terms of the settlement are confidential, but the outlet reports that both parties have requested for a dismissal of the suit. When Meadow initially filed the suit in September 2015, she and her legal team alleged that the Porsche Carrera GT “lacked safety features…that could have prevented the accident or, at a minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash.”
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Furthermore, Meadow claimed that Porsche was aware that the vehicle “had a history of instability and control issues.” Not long after Paul and his friend Roger Rodas (who was driving the car) died, officials said that the duo’s accident was the result of speeding between 80 and 93 miles per hour. However, Meadow’s lawsuit claimed that her father and Roger may have only been driving between 63 and 71 miles per hour before the crash.
As previously reported, Meadow was award $10.1 million by Roger’s estate in April 2016. At the time, Meadow’s lawyer, Jeffrey Millam, released a statement explaining how Roger’s family had “taken partial responsibility” for the crash by reaching a settlement.
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“The amount paid by the estate of Roger Rodas into a trust for Meadow Walker only covers a fraction of what her father would have earned as an international movie star had his life not been cut short,” he told E! News. “Through his estate, Mr. Rodas, the driver of the car, took partial responsibility for the crash.”
The attorney continued, “Meadow’s lawsuit against Porsche AG — a $13 billion corporation — intends to hold the company responsible for producing a vehicle that was defective and caused Paul Walker’s death.” Prior to reaching a settlement with Meadow, Porsche vehemently denied any allegations that they were at fault for Paul’s untimely death.
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