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Paul Walker Crash-Related Suit Dismissed; Porsche Not at Fault

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Actor Paul Walker arrives at the premiere of '2 Fast 2 Furious' at the Universal Amphitheatre on June 3, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 Apr 2016 07:04 AM

A Paul Walker crash-related lawsuit against Porsche was dismissed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles Monday, when a judge found no significant evidence to prove the auto giant was at fault for the 2013 accident that killed the "Fast & Furious" star and his friend Roger Rodas.

One of three wrongful-death suits filed against Porsche in the wake of the Nov. 30, 2013, crash, Monday's ruling applied only to the one filed by Kristine Rodas, the widow of Roger Rodas, who was driving the Porsche Carrera GT when it crashed into several trees and a light pole before bursting into flames in Santa Clarita, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Kristine Rodas' suit claimed that mechanical issues were to blame, refuting an investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department that cited excessive speed as the main factor, the Times reported.

"Defendant has carried its summary judgment burden by demonstrating that Plaintiff failed to offer any admissible evidence from which a jury could reasonably find that this accident was caused by a broken toe adjustor rod," U.S. District Judge Phillip Gutierrez, wrote in his decision, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Plaintiff has failed to raise a triable issue of fact on the issue of causation, an essential element of its claim," the ruling continued.

Mark Geragos, who is representing Kristine Rodas, said the ruling was "a miscarriage of justice which we hope to reverse on appeal," according to The Reporter.

Jeff Milam, the attorney for Walker's daughter Meadow, told CNN in a statement that Monday's decision will not affect his client's civil suit against Porsche.

"Meadow will continue the fight to hold Porsche accountable for selling a defective product that kills," he said in a statement.

Walker was taking a break from shooting the film "Furious 7" when the crash happened. The motion picture was finished with the help of his two brothers who filled in as body doubles, and it became one of the biggest hits of the 2015 movie season, CNN noted.

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A Paul Walker crash-related lawsuit against Porsche was dismissed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles Monday, when a judge found no significant evidence to prove the auto giant was at fault for the 2013 accident that killed the "Fast & Furious" star and his friend Roger Rodas.
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