A federal judge in California today ruled that Porsche is not at fault for the 2013 crash in a Carrera GT that killed Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas. The ruling was made in a lawsuit brought against the automaker by Rodas’ widow.
The Associated Press reports U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez ruled Kristine Rodas’ attorneys failed to prove the Carrera GT lacked adequate safety features, as she claimed. From the story:
He said there was no evidence the Porsche’s suspension failed before the crash, as Rodas’ lawsuit claimed. She also had alleged the rare sports car lacked a crash cage and fuel cell.
“Plaintiff has provided no competent evidence that Rodas’ death occurred as a result of any wrongdoing on the part of defendant,” Gutierrez wrote.
Walker and Rodas were killed in November 2013 when the high-end supercar, driven by Rodas, spun out of control, struck some trees and burst into flames in Santa Clarita. Law enforcement investigators blamed unsafe speed over 90 mph for the crash.
Since then the next of kin of both Walker and Rodas have sued Porsche, claiming the Carrera GT—admittedly a “knife-edge” supercar known for its extreme tendencies—was unsafe and defective. The AP says today’s ruling has no bearing on the cases brought by Walker’s family, which are both pending in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The last installment of the Fast & Furious franchise for which Walker was famous was completed using CGI and his brothers.