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Paul Walker Responsible for Own Death, Porsche Argues in Lawsuit Response

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015 12:07 PM

Paul Walker is responsible for his own death, Porsche argued last week in response to a lawsuit filed by the actor's teen daughter, which blamed the auto manufacturer for the fatal November 2013 crash that killed the "Fast & Furious" star and his friend.

Meadow Walker, 16, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in September, in which she blamed the Carrera GT's design flaws and a defective seatbelt for her father's death. On Thursday, Porsche fired back, arguing that Paul Walker, 40, was "a knowledgeable and sophisticated user of the 2005 Carrera GT" and saying that the particular vehicle was "misused and improperly maintained," according to TMZ. The actor was a passenger in the car driven by his friend Roger Rodas.

"The car company does not elaborate, but they are saying Paul should not have allowed or participated in a high-speed ride under the conditions that existed," TMZ reported. 'Porsche makes various claims, some of which if proven would foreclose any recovery of money, but the company also suggests there might be 'comparative fault' . . . meaning Paul was partly to blame and any damages awarded should be reduced accordingly."

Meadow Walker's representative released a statement from the teen this week regarding Porsche's argument.

"It is beyond regrettable that Porsche is trying to deflect its own responsibility by blaming the victim — Paul Walker — for his own death by getting into the passenger seat of its Carrera GT," the rep told TMZ.

"Contrary to Porsche's assertions, the facts are clear: Paul was the passenger in a car that was not designed to protect its occupants, in a crash on a dry, empty straightaway in broad daylight and at speeds well below the vehicle's advertised capabilities . . . If Porsche had designed the car to include proper safety features, Paul would have survived, he would be filming 'Fast and Furious 8' and Meadow Walker would have the father she adored."

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department determined that speed was a factor in the crash, in which the vehicle spun out of control and then struck a tree and light post before catching on fire, according to ETOnline.com. It was reportedly traveling at 93 miles per hour in a 45-mph zone and driving on nine-year-old tires at the time of the crash.

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Paul Walker is responsible for his own death, Porsche argued last week in response to a lawsuit filed by the actor's teen daughter, which blamed the auto manufacturer for the fatal November 2013 crash that killed the "Fast & Furious" star and his friend.
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