On Monday, a federal judge in California ruled that there was not enough evidence to prove that Porsche was accountable for the death of “Fast & Furious” actor Paul Walker and his pal Roger Rodas. Walker’s camp, however, refuses to give up on making the company pay.
On November 2013, Walker and Roger rode the Porsche Carrera GT, which crashed and burst into flames, killing them both. The family of Roger filed a federal lawsuit in January, claiming a defect in the suspension of the Porsche Carrera GT caused the deadly accident.
However, Philip S. Gutierrez, U.S. District Court Judge, granted the German automobile manufacturer Porsche a motion for summary judgment. The bulk of the U.S. District Court Judge’s ruling addresses Rodas’ product liability claims.
Hollywood Reporter stated that Gutierrez claimed the initial report created by Rodas’ expert was insufficient to say it was the Porsche’s fault.
Judge Gutierrez wrote, “Where a case involves scientific issues that are ‘beyond the experience of laymen,’ expert testimony is required to establish causation.”
“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 adjuster rod.”
In the end, the judge said the “plaintiff has failed to raise a triable issue of fact on the issue of causation, an essential element of its claim.”
Jeff Milam (Meadow Walker’s lawyer) stated that the judge’s decision on Monday did not affect the separate lawsuit filed by Meadow (Paul’s daughter), as reported by CNN. Attorney Milam said, “Meadow will continue the fight to hold Porsche accountable for selling a defective product that kills.”