The Porsche driven by actor Paul Walker’s friend Roger Rodas was not responsible for their deaths in the crash which killed them both in 2013, a judge has ruled.
The family of Rodas filed a lawsuit in January this year claiming that the suspension in the car was at fault, contributing to the accident.
But following a hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Philip S. Gutierrez has ruled in the favour of the German car manufacturer.
He said that there was ‘no competent evidence that Rodas’ death occurred as a result of any wrongdoing’ by Porsche.
Gutierrez added that an expert report provided in the case alleging product liability was insufficient and a later declaration from the same expert was contradictory to the first report.
Both Walker’s daughter Meadow and his father Paul Walker III are also suing Porsche in separate claims.
Jeffrey Milam, attorney for Meadow Walker, said that the ruling in the Rodas case would have no effect on the Walkers’ cases.
He told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement: “The issues in the cases are very different. The federal case was filed on behalf of Roger Rodas, who was the driver of the Porsche Carrera GT and was killed instantly upon impact.
“Meadow’s father, Paul Walker, was a passenger in the car. He survived the crash but was trapped and burned to death because of the vehicle’s defects.
“A significant portion of the judge’s decision was based on his rejection of evidence because of missed deadlines and also a failure to sue Porshe AG, the manufacturer. Meadow will continue the fight to hold Porsche accountable for selling a defective product that kills.”
The two men died while Walker was in the middle of making the movie 'Fast & Furious 8’ in 2013.
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