Porsche cleared in Paul Walker crash case
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A judge has cleared Porsche of any wrongdoing in the death of Hollywood star Paul Walker's friend Roger Rodas.
Rodas' widow Kristine had filed a wrongful death/product liability lawsuit alleging a combination of four separate defects had caused the horrific 2013 crash that killed her husband and the Fast and Furious star.
She claimed the car had a faulty suspension, lacked a racing fuel cell, and did not have a 'racing cage' rendering it unable to withstand impact from the front or the side.
According to TMZ, Kristine's argument the car was ill equipped to handle side impact was moot, since the fatal force came from the front when it hit the lamppost - as her own expert confirmed.
US District Judge Philip S Gutierrez also rejected the front impact argument because 'Rodas' fatal injuries occurred when he actually was hurled into Paul Walker.
He also rejected the fuel cell argument, finding that it was not the cause of the fire, and held that Rodas had not presented evidence demonstrating the crash was caused by a defective suspension.
Mrs Rodas' attorney, Mark Geragos, said the ruling will be appealed.
The 2005 Carrera GT was being driven by Roger Rodas, the owner of an auto racing shop, when it spun out of control on a city street in Valencia, near Los Angeles, and burst into flames after hitting a power pole and several trees.
Walker, who was 40, and Rodas, 38, both died at the scene.
Kristine had concurrent cases in both the State and Federal Courts against a number of defendants in the manufacturer and supplier chain; but Monday's Federal summary judgement against her may doom her State case as well.
Last month Radar reported that Porsche had attempted to have the case thrown out, labeling Rodas' claims as 'nonsense'.
It also attempted to block Kristine's introduction into evidence the testimony from a man named Jeff Westphal regarding her late husband’s 'skill and competency as a driver', as well as his 'history of racecar driving' in an attempt to prove human error was not a factor.