The daughter of Paul Walker, star of The Fast and the Furious, has won a US$10.1 million (£7.2 million) settlement from the estate of the man who was driving the car in which her father died.
The money was awarded to 17-year-old Meadow Walker after it was agreed that Roger Rodas was partly to blame for the November 2013 accident that killed both him and Walker when the Porsche they were in crashed at high speed and burst into flames.
Rodas was behind the wheel of the car at the time of the accident, which happened in Valencia, California.
Jeff Millam, Meadow’s lawyer, said that Rodas’ estate had accepted he was partially responsible for the accident although he was “not directing the car through any particularly unsafe manoeuvres when it went out of control”, the entertainment website TMZ reported.
The settlement was originally agreed in 2014 but was not previously disclosed.
The award, which has been paid into a trust fund for Meadow, covers just “a fraction of what her father would have earned had his life not been tragically cut short”, Mr Millam said.
Meadow is pursuing a separate lawsuit against Porsche, arguing that design flaws in the 2005 Carrera GT caused the fatal crash.
“Meadow’s lawsuit against Porsche AG – a $13 billion corporation – intends to hold the company responsible for producing a vehicle that was defective and caused Paul Walker’s death,” Mr Millam said in a statement issued to USA Today newspaper.
A similar action brought by Rodas’ widow, Kristine, was dismissed this week by a federal judge, who cited a lack of evidence. Mrs Rodas argued that suspension failure and a lack of important safety features were the causes.
Walker, who was 40 when he died, was a client of Rodas, a managing director of wealth management for Bank of America Merrill Lynch who had re-arranged the actor’s financial portfolio.
Both men were killed when Rodas’ Porsche hit a concrete lamp post and two trees before being engulfed in flames. Their bodies were burned beyond recognition.
Investigations established that the car was travelling at between 80 and 93 miles-an-hour when it crashed in a 45 miles-an-hour speed zone. A 2014 inquiry cited the speed and the vehicle’s rarely used nine-year-old tyres as key factors in the accident.