On November 30, 2013, the world lost a beloved actor and activist: Paul Walker. Walker, who died at the age of 40 years old, passed away in a fiery car crash, as a passenger of a Porsche Carrera GT. He was best known for his role in the “Fast & Furious” franchise.
Following his death his now 18-year-old daughter, Meadow Walker, won a $10 million settlement from the estate of the man who was driving, Roger Rodas.
But aside from Rodas taking part of the blame as the vehicle's driver, Meadow also declared Porsche as a party at fault.
Her wrongful death lawsuit claims that the car was unsafe and became uncontrollable.
In graphic detail, it alleges that Walker's death could have been prevented had Porsche adjusted certain safety features the company knew weren't totally effective:
[The model] lacked safety features...that could have prevented the accident, or at minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash.
The suit also states that the Porsche Carrera GT had a history of safety problems that Porsche was aware of. Still, the company failed to install a control system that could have saved lives.
A year after Meadow filed against Porsche, new disturbing details regarding the case have surfaced.
According to legal documents gathered by TMZ, Porsche employees “gleefully” shared the news of Carrera GT crashes, happy that it would make the car more rare—thus more valuable.
One of Meadow's attorneys was going through Porsche company emails from 2006 that were “heavily redacted” in his office.
However, TMZ reported that when the attorney opened the same emails on his home computer, the redactions were no longer there, exposing what was actually written.
One email stated that of the 1,280 Carrera GTs Porsche manufactured, 200 were totaled within the first two years they were sold.
The employee continued to label that horrific fact as a good thing in the email:
“This would be great news to the remaining owners as the GT becomes more rare.”
Business-wise, of course the decrease in availability increases demand, which for a company would be a positive thing. But what that employee seemed to overlook was that those wrecks included the lives and well-being of hundreds of innocent people.
Throughout the many emails containing language like “another Carrera bites the dust,” one employee disturbingly wrote:
“This is in the back of my head every time I get behind the wheel of one of these. It's just hidden behind the sh*t-eating grin!”
Meadow's lawyer, Jeffrey Milam, told TMZ:
“Any ethical company would have withdrawn the car from the market—or, at the very least, warned the public about its dangers.”
Now, Meadow's legal team is asking the judge to penalize Porsche for allegedly intentionally hiding those emails.
When Meadow initially filed the lawsuit, Milam stated:
“The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car. It doesn't belong on the street. And we shouldn't be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas.”
Paul Walker is survived by his four siblings, parents, and daughter.