Paul Walker’s Daughter Receives $10.1 Million From Roger Rodas Estate
Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow Walker, was awarded a $10.1 million settlement from the estate of Roger Rodas, the man behind the wheel in the 2013 fatal crash that claimed the life of both the actor and Rodas.
“The amount paid by the estate of Roger Rodas into a trust for Meadow Walker only covers a fraction of what her father would have earned as an international movie star had his life not tragically been cut short,” said Jeff Milam, the lawyer for the 17-year-old in a statement to People on April 7.
Meadow, now 17, was 15 when her “The Fast and the Furious” actor dad was killed in the explosive crash.
Milam continued on to say: “Through his estate, Mr. Rodas, the driver of the car, took partial responsibility for the crash. Meadow’s lawsuit against Porsche AG—a $13 billion corporation—intends to hold the company responsibly for producing a vehicle that was defective and caused Paul Walker’s death.”
Walker and Rodas were in a Porsche Carrera GT when Rodas going more than 100 mph and lost control of the luxury car, exploding in Santa Clarita, California, on Nov. 30, 2013.
Porsche has always contended the pair were at fault for the crash. In court documents, Porsche stated the actor’s “death, and all other injuries or damages claimed, were the result of [his] own comparative fault.”
Despite this, the widow of Roger Rodas, Kristine Rodas, continued with her lawsuit, claiming the 2005 Carrera GT was “defective.” However, on April 5, U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez, threw out her claim, citing “Plaintiff has provided no competent evidence that Rodas’ death occurred as a result of any wrongdoing on the part of Defendant.”
The ruling for the Rodas hasn’t deterred the Walker family, who will continue their lawsuit against Porsche.