Fans were devastated when Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker was killed after the Porsche he was travelling in smashed into a concrete pole and burst into flames. The car, driven by Roger Rodas, was doing between 80 to 93mph in a 45 zone when it lost control near Kelly Johnson Parkway, California. A coroner’s report ruled that Walker died from the trauma of the crash as well as being burned when the vehicle caught fire.
The 40-year-old’s daughter, Meadow, filed a wrongful death suit against Porsche on the understanding that the Carrera GT had a ‘history of instability’ as well as reports of mechanical issues. She believed a fault with the seatbelt meant her dad was trapped in the car when it erupted in flames.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Meadow and the car manufacturer are requesting that the wrongful death case be dismissed, however the terms of the settlement have been kept confidential.
In 2015, Porsche appeared defiant in their outlook on the crash, filing legal papers that stated: “The perils, risk and danger were open and obvious and known to him (Paul Walker), and he chose to conduct himself in a manner so as to expose himself to such perils, dangers and risks, thus assuming all the risks involved in using the vehicle.”
The German brand added that the car in question had been ‘abused and altered’ and was ‘misused and improperly maintained’.
It’s understood that Meadow received $10.1 million (£7.7 million) in a settlement last year from the estate of Roger Rodas. Her lawyer, Jeffrey Milam, released a statement following the outcome, which said: “The amount paid by the estate of Roger Rodas into a trust for Meadow Walker only covers a fraction of what her father would have earned as an international movie star had his life not tragically been cut short.”
Walker was in the middle of filming Furious 7, which grossed $1.56 billion (£1.18 billion) at the Box Office, when he died, so there’s no denying the actor would have made a serious amount of money from the film.
The cast and crew postponed filming following his death, but reconvened after Universal worked out a way to finish the movie without Walker.
It was reported that his brothers, Caleb and Cody, were invited onto the set to act as stand-ins, but filmmakers also utilised the best special effects available to recreate his face in particular scenes.
The song used in the film ‘See You Again’ by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth was dedicated to Walker, which went on to be nominated for a Golden Globe award.