Back in 2013, we lost actor Paul Walker to a car crash after the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that he was a passenger in hit a tree and caught fire. Two years after the accident, Walker’s daughter, Meadow, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche stating that the car had many design flaws that contributed to her father’s death.
According to the lawsuit, “the vehicle lacked safety features that are found on well-designed racing cars or even Porsche’s least expensive road cars.” Walker and her attorney, Jeff Milam, believe that her father might have survived the incident if the car was equipped with features such as side door reinforcement bars.
According to ABC News, the lawsuit claimed the actor was alive for roughly a minute and 20 seconds after the car crashed, and mentioned how a flaw in the seat belt design prevented him from escaping the vehicle.
Details of the settlement proceedings, which finally concluded a few days ago, will remain confidential, meaning no one has concrete facts about what took place in court. Regardless, fans of Porsche are lashing out at Meadow Walker because of the suit.
And things have gotten brutal.
Walker is being called every name possible due to the settlement — some of the comments referring to her openly as the “c-word,” and many calling her greedy. It’s as if they forgot the 18-year-old lost her father in the accident.
Others wrote to Meadow to tell her that the company didn’t do anything wrong, and that she should never have sued them.
No matter your perspective on whether there should or shouldn’t have been a lawsuit (which shouldn’t really be up for public dissection), hateful comments and online harassment are never okay, and it is disheartening to see that certain people think this is an acceptable or appropriate response to Meadow’s private legal journey following the death of Paul Walker.
As of right now, Walker hasn’t addressed the hate — nor should she have to. Prior to news of the settlement, she decided to honor the memory of her father by starting a foundation based around random acts of kindness.
Let’s all take a page from Meadow’s book and remember to focus on kindness. The world needs it now maybe more than ever.