Fast And Furious star Paul Walker’s death in November 30, 2013 in a fiery car crash rocked the world.
But more than a year and a half later, his family is no closer to getting justice for the horrific accident that claimed the life of the 40-year-old actor and his best friend, Roger Rodas, who was behind the wheel.
Paul’s daughter, Meadow Walker, now 17, previously filed a lawsuit against car manufacturer Porsche in September 2015, citing ‘defects’ in the Carrera GT sports car were to blame.
‘Absent these defects in the Porsche Carrera GT, Paul Walker would be alive today,’ her filing stated.
While the Volkswagen-owned company was quick to shift the blame, insisting that the actor’s death was his ‘own comparative fault’ due to the fact the car had been ‘abused and altered’ and ‘misused and improperly maintained’, a judge has now ruled that Meadow can continue her pursuit against the company.
In LA Superior Judge Stephen Pfahler’s final ruling, he has rejected Porsche’s motion to suppress the case on the basis that it wasn’t ‘directly corporately connected to California’ where the accident occurred, Deadline.com reports.
‘Facts show that Porsche purposefully availed itself of the benefits of doing business in California,’ the judge explained. ‘Making a substantial number of sales to California through an intermediary – even a truly independent intermediary – does not preclude a finding of purposeful availment.’
Judge Pfahler is also reportedly deciding if wrongful death suits filed by Meadow, her grandfather and several others should be consolidated.
However, while Meadow is one step closer, the chances of her winning are still slim, given that a case filed against Porsche by Roger’s widow in federal court who thrown out in April.