A judge said this week that Porsche was not responsible for the crash in a Porsche Carrera GT that killed actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas, who was driving. The decision came in a lawsuit filed by Rodas' widow, Kristine Rodas.
The lawsuit claimed that Rodas died in the crash because of a lack of safety features in the car, including that the car lacked a safety cage and fuel cell, as well as that the car's suspension failed before the crash. The judge wrote in a decision, however, that Mrs. Rodas "provided no competent evidence" that her husband's death "occurred as a result of any wrongdoing on the part of" Porsche.
Two other lawsuits stemming from the crash are moving through the court system, filed against Porsche by Paul Walker's father and daughter. In the daughter's lawsuit, Porsche claimed the car had been "abused and altered" and "misused and improperly maintained." The German company said Paul Walker would have been well aware of the dangers of driving the Carrera GT, and that his willingness to ride in the car should keep Porsche from being found liable for the accident.