Porsche sued in Paul Walker, Roger Rodas crash

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Roger Rodas’ widow is suing Porsche for the fatal accident that claimed the lives of her race car driver husband and actor Paul Walker.

Kristine Rodas filed the suit this week against Porsche Cars North America, citing negligence as the cause of death of her husband and the 40-year-old “Fast and the Furious” star on November 30 in Santa Clarita, California.

Backed by celebrity attorney Mark Geragos, she is also suing for product liability and wrongful death.

Roger Rodas, 38 at the time of his death, spent his competitive racing career driving Porsche cars. According to the court documents, he and Walker first met on the race track when Rodas was driving a Porsche owned by the actor.

A few years later the two men formed the racing team Always Evolving Racing, where they were both drivers.

“Although Mr. Rodas had a passion for cars, Mr. Rodas was first and foremost dedicated to his family, his wife, Kristine, and their two young children,” the complaint states.

The court documents filed by Kristine Rodas describe the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that her husband was driving as a an “ultra-high-performance-super-sports car for the road,” that goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 205 miles per hour.

The complaint argues that such a high-powered sports car should have a higher standard of crash protection, and that a mechanical malfunction forced Rodas to veer off the road.

Geragos also hired investigators to evaluate wreckage at the scene, who determined that Rodas was driving 55 mph before the vehicle went out of control. This contradicts the Los Angeles County coroner’s report that car was speeding at more than 100 mph, and the investigations by the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol that focused on speed.

Porsche pointed to the discrepancy.

“As you know, the crash was subject of a very detailed investigation by the authorities, both the California Highway Patrol and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Office,” said Bernd Harling, Head of Public Relations for Porsche Cars North America. “The reports showed that driving at a high speed in a negligent manner caused the crash. Both concluded that there was no mechanical defect of the vehicle involved.”

“Their investigation disproves in the allegations in the lawsuit.”

Harling added that since the crash is now the subject of litigation, Porsche will not comment on it further. He expressed his sincere condolences for the Rodas and Walker families’ losses.

Walker’s former publicist Ame Van Iden does not have information about whether the Walker family is also considering legal action against Porsche.

Walker is survived by his parents, Cheryl Walker and Paul Walker Sr., four siblings and 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.


  • Ken Baker

    I’m no expert, but I’ve seen cars crash at 55 mph. If they were going 55 and the car ended up looking like that it had to be made of tin foil!

  • laura

    what is the point of suing porche oh yea to get more money, really , !! who talked her into doing that , the lawyers maybe

  • Dawn

    Just a thought! I had my husband total his car doing low speeds and trust me he had a few angles on his shoulders. He may have made it through it ,but realistic the wife may not be wrong. Just a thought before you bash her?

  • thegreatspirit13

    So apparently when you drive really fast for stunts, and then drive really fast in real life and die, the car manufacturer is responsible. You have a car that is basically made of very light material, which is the reason it goes fast, then you have a hot shot who thinks he can handle the car. Yeah, definitely the car makers fault that the guy can’t handle the car. Give me a break, how many other people died in a sports car related incident and their family won a settlement because their loved one couldn’t drive the car or handle the car. This country never ceases to amaze me, the blame always has to shift to someone else, The blame game is just so popular these days,

  • M Lambeth

    Frivolous lawsuit. It should be illegal to sue for benefit when breaking the law. Period. They were speeding and wreckless. If anything had they survived they could have beef sued for endangering others. It was a terrible thing. But not worthy of suing a car company that builds to the request of the rich. There is no way to make a appending car safe. It’s not the car makers fault. I hope they counter sue for court costs.

  • B

    They had a video of the car prior to the crash. You can do a speed analysis from the video. Anyone will say anything for money. Yes, I agree if you drive your car into a solid object at 55MPH, it will cause a total loss of that vehicle and that includes a heavy duty truck. They might have survived if not for the fire but more than likely they died from the impact alone. A witness did say they heard screams after the impact. Then again, there may have been a mechanical issue like a tire blow out but if the driver had been going 55 then an experienced driver should have been able to control a blow out at that speed. At a 100 it would have been difficult in a neighborhood with very little room for maneuvering an out of control vehicle. Good luck on that civil suit.

  • Jen

    Porsche needs to be held responsible for THEIR negligence. They have been sued before for the death of a race car driver (who happened to be driving a Carrera GT) but settled before it hit the court. As an automotive manufacturer when you find a defect in your vehicle you should do what is needed to fix it, and in this case Porsche has not. Plus, how would you feel if everyone was blaming your husband for the death of Paul Walker? I, being a professional technician, had a gut feeling from the beginning that it wasn’t just wreckless driving that caused the wreck, so I am very glad someone decided to actually pursue this…just my 2 cents.

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