At last, Paul Walker's daughter receives a settlement in her dad's tragic death
It’s been three years since The Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker died in a tragic car accident, and his daughter, Meadow, is finally receiving proceeds from a wrongful death case involving her dad’s passing. According to the Los Angeles Times, court papers were filed this week indicating Meadow would receive a $10 million settlement. $7.2 million is being placed in a trust for Meadow, and the rest of the proceeds will go toward attorney fees.
The settlement is being funded by the estate of Roger Rodas. Rodas, a longtime friend of Walker, was the driver in the accident that resulted in both of their deaths. On November 30, 2013, Walker and Rodas left a charity event in Valencia, California, in Rodas’ Porsche Carrera GT. The car ended up hitting a power pole and several trees, killing both men. After an investigation, the LA County Sheriff’s office concluded the accident was caused by excessive speed. Walker’s estate contends the car wasn’t traveling as fast as indicated and that his death was caused by problems with Porsche, including a defective seatbelt that trapped him inside the car as it caught fire. A suit has been filed against Porsche on Meadow Walker’s behalf.
The $10 million settlement from Rodas’ estate is separate from the suit against Porsche. Speaking about the settlement, Meadow’s attorney, Jeff Milam said, “Through his estate, Mr. Rodas, the driver of the car, took partial responsibility for the crash, which Paul Walker would have survived. Our lawsuit on behalf of Meadow against Porsche AG — a $13-billion corporation — intends to hold the company responsible for producing a vehicle that was defective and caused Paul Walker’s death.”
Our hearts go out to 17-year-old Meadow. Losing a parent is one of the worst things a person will ever go through, and having to deal with ongoing litigation only makes the healing process that much harder. We hope the rest of the case gets resolved soon.