Paul Walker death lawsuit finds evidence Porsche workers joked about frequent crashes
Actor Paul Walker attends the World Premiere of 'Fast & Furious 6' at Empire Leicester Square on May 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Lawyers acting for Paul Walker’s daughter’s have uncovered emails which allegedly show Porsche employees joking about the vehicle’s high crash rate.
The Fast and Furious actor died aged just 40 after the Porsche Carrera GT he was travelling in crashed into a lamp post and two trees in Santa Clarita, California in November 2013.
Legal documents obtained by editors at TMZ,com relating to a wrongful death lawsuit launched by Meadow Walker in 2015, reportedly reveal Porsche employees celebrated the frequent crashes involving Carrera GT owners.
According to the gossip website, one of Meadow’s lawyers was reviewing emails relating to the case on a home computer and discovered he could see redacted sections of the messages.
The emails, which date from 2006, reportedly show a Porsche employee joking that almost one-sixth of Carrera GTs had been crashed by their owners less than two years after they were sold.
The email reads, “Total worldwide production of the Carrera GT was 1280 and to date over 200 of them were (sic) already totaled. This would be great news to the remaining owners as the GT becomes more rare.”
Another employee allegedly wrote, “This (the high crash rate) is in the back of my head every time I get behind the wheel of one of these.”
Meadow’s lawyer, Jeffrey Milam told TMZ, “Any ethical company would have withdrawn the car from the market - or, at the very least, warned the public about its dangers.”
Her legal team are asking the presiding judge to impose sanctions on Porsche bosses for allegedly witholding information.
Lawyers for Porsche have argued that Paul’s friend, Roger Rodas, who was driving the car and also died in the crash, was at fault for the accident. However in July last year a California judge rejected a motion to throw out Meadow’s lawsuit.
Paul’s daughter, who was awarded $10.1 million in a settlement with Roger’s estate which accepted he had “partial responsibility” for the accident, argues faulty safety features on the Carrera GT bore some responsibility for her father’s death.