Meadow Walker – the daughter of the late actor Paul Walker – has received a huge settlement from the estate of Roger Rodas, who was in the driver’s seat in the 2013 Porsche Carrera GT crash.
The 17-year-old received a payout totalling US$10.1 million on the basis that Rodas was partly at fault for the fatal wreck, even though he was “not directing the car through any particularly unsafe manoeuvres when it went out of control.”
It has been reported that the settlement was reached in November 2014 but went unnoticed for a year and a half because it was filed under the name “Meadow W.”
Attorney Jeff Milam, who represents the teenager, says the payout was a fraction of what Paul would have earned over his lifetime as a Hollywood star. According to Meadow, her father would have banked up to US$80 million off his acting. It makes sense, considering Universal Studios had three other Fast & Furious movies in the pipeline while Paul was filming Furious 7.
Milam adds that the his client is pursuing a lawsuit against Porsche and she “intends to hold the company responsible for producing a vehicle that was defective and caused Paul Walker’s death”. In a complaint filed last September, Walker claimed that the Carrera GT had defective seat belt design that prevented her father from escaping the car soon after it crashed.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol concluded that unsafe speed, not mechanical failures, was the cause of the wreck.