Paul Walker's daughter wins much-deserved lawsuit but it doesn't fix anything
Meadow Walker is still fighting for justice after her father's tragic death.
It's been nearly three years since The Fast and the Furious actor Paul Walker was killed in a car crash alongside Roger Rodas, and just recently, Meadow was able to settle a lawsuit with Rodas' estate, which awarded her $10.1 million for the loss of her father, $7.2 million of which she will receive after expenses and legal fees.
Through her lawyer, Jeffrey Milam, Meadow released a statement about the settlement.
"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," the statement read. "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."
Milam filed papers in November 2014 that placed blame, at least partially, on Rodas for the crash that killed Paul Walker. His filing states that Rodas was "not directing the car through any particularly unsafe maneuvers when it went out of control," but he was "nevertheless… responsible, in part, for the accident."
Meadow still has a pending lawsuit against Porsche AG, even though earlier this week, a judge dismissed four claims made by Rodas' widow against the company.
"The issues in the cases are very different. The federal case was filed on behalf of Roger Rodas, who was the driver of the Porsche Carrera GT and was killed instantly upon impact," Milam claimed. "Meadow's father, Paul Walker, was a passenger in the car. He survived the crash but was trapped and burned to death because of the vehicle's defects."