Lawsuit Filed: Kristine Rodas Sues Porsche Over Walker/Rodas Crash

Questionable lawsuits happen all the time, and for the most part it infuriates the rest of us. Here in California, the “sue me” state, people can try to sue you for looking at them the wrong way, or for something that you really have no control over in the first place.

With that in mind, it’s very difficult to actually make comments when the lawsuit centers around a lost loved one. Such is the case with Kristine Rodas, the widow of Roger Rodas who was the driver behind the wheel of the Porsche Carrera GT when he lost control and crashed. That fatal event, taking the life of Rodas and actor Paul Walker, took place in Santa Clarita, California, on November 30, 2013.

The investigation took months, with the final verdict stating that Rodas had been traveling in excess of 80 mph on a road with a posted speed limit of 45 mph. While the claims were that the Porsche reportedly had faulty mechanics, it’s very difficult to say what would have happened had he lost control while maintaining the legal, posted speed. As a result, the car collided with trees and a light pole, and exploded on impact, burning both Rodas and Walker in the mangled mess that was once a Porsche supercar.

The Carrera GT that Walker and Rodas perished in, would they have survived if the speed limit was maintained? Rodas’ wife thinks not, as she claims he wasn’t driving as fast as reports indicated.

Rodas’ widow claims that the car possessed faulty suspension and is suing Porsche for not properly warning people, or retrofitting the car with a protective cage, or a proper fuel cell such as one used on racecars. Though the Porsche was technically as close to a racecar as you could get on the street, she feels that it was Porsche’s negligence and not Rodas’ driving that caused the accident.

She feels that her lawsuit has merit simply because the Carrera GT has been involved in several other fatal crashes, and Porsche should be held liable. She is suing for negligence, wrongful death and product liability. As part of her lawsuit, she alleges that Rodas was not speeding, even though investigation results stat that he was driving over the speed of 80 mph.

Porsche has paid out $4.5 million to Corey Rudl’s widow after a 2005 accident in which Rudl was a passenger in a Carrera GT that crashed, however, that accident took place at California Speedway and the car struck a concrete barrier at an estimated 100 mph.

What do you make of this lawsuit – do you feel that it is a waste of time, resources and money, or do you feel that she is justified in her claim? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Michael Harding

Michael is a Power Automedia contributor and automotive enthusiast who doesn’t discriminate. Although Mopar is in his blood, he loves any car that looks great and drives even faster.
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