Porsche lawyers say actor Paul Walker to blame for his death in crash
LA (Reuters) -- Attorneys for German auto-maker Porsche stated celebrity Paul Walker was accountable for his own departure in an accident of a Porsche sports-car, in reaction to to some wrongful death suit filed by Walker's daughter, court papers revealed.
Cranbrook Companions, representing Porsche A-G as well as other defendants, mentioned in documents filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court that Walker's departure was the consequence of his "own comparative fault."
In November 2013 Walker was a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by Roger Rodas when the vehicle careened into trees as well as a utility pole in Santa Clarita, northwest of La, killing equally guys.
Following a four-month investigation, Los Angeles authorities said the crash was due to excessive rate rather than mechanical breakdown.
Meadow Walker, the performer's only-child and sole heir, submitted a charge in September accusing Porsche of skimping on security functions for the car, which may have avoided the crash or at least held the performer living. Her court case requested a trial by jury.
Attorneys for Porsche said Walker had "intentionally and voluntarily assumed all hazard, hazards and peril" of the 2005 Carrera GT, and the automobile, possessed by Rodas, had been "abused and changed," and "was mis-used and improperly preserved."
"That maltreatment and change proximately caused or led to the event and to Mr. Walker's departure," Cranbrook stated.
Meadow Walker's lawyer Jeff Milam stated on Tuesday that Porsche was "attempting to deflect its responsibility by blaming the sufferer."
"Paul was the passenger in an automobile that had not been designed to safeguard its residents. While the rate could happen to be unlawful, it was nicely below the car 's advertised abilities," Milam stated in a statement.
He added that Paul Walker survived the effect of the crash, but "burned to death due to Porsche's flawed design."
Before this year, lawyers for Porsche stated Rodas, the driver of the car, was responsible for the crash after Rodas' widow filed a court case from the automaker alleging neglect and wrongful-death, among other statements.
Walker's departure caused a short-term halt in manufacturing of "Furious 7," an action-movie in the "Fast & Furious" franchise about illegal street car-racing.
The movie premiered in 2013 after Walker's brothers aided complete his scenes.
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