Update: Porsche has responded to the wrongful death suit filed by Paul Walker's daughter. A representative for Porsche issued the following statement to Entertainment Weekly: "As we've said before, we are very sad whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities' reports in this case clearly establish that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed." This article was originally published on September 29, 2015 at 4:30 a.m. EST. Paul Walker's 16-year-old daughter, Meadow Walker, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, claiming the car company is responsible for her father's death in a fatal 2013 car crash. Court papers filed by the teen's lawyers — obtained by TMZ — divulge graphic details about Walker's death, saying the actor was burned alive.
The lawsuit charges that mechanical problems with the Porsche Carrera GT driven by Walker's friend, Roger Rodas, who also died, caused the crash. According to the suit, Walker survived the initial impact, but was prevented from fleeing the car, causing him to die when it caught on fire. "[The seat belt] snapped Walker's torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis," court papers charge. The Fast & Furious star was allegedly trapped in his seat, with the fire erupting a full minute and 20 seconds after impact. "Paul Walker breathed soot into his trachea while the Porsche Carrera GT burned," the lawsuit continues. The lawsuit also blames the Porsche Carrera GT for having "a history of instability and control issues," charging that a Porsche Stability Management System, which is standard in other models, would have prevented Rodas from losing control of the vehicle. At issue is whether deficient side door reinforcements and fuel lines also contributed to the fatal crash. "The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car," Meadow's lawyer, Jeff Milam, told TMZ. "It doesn't belong on the street. And we shouldn't be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas."