Los Angeles, April 8 (IANS) Late actor Paul Walker’s daughter Meadow has struck a deal with the estate of the driver of the car in which her father died. The 17-year-old girl was awarded $10.1 million after the settlement with Roger Rodas’s estate.
Rodas was driving the car Walker was travelling in when they were involved in the accident in 2013, killing them both.
Meadow’s lawyer Jeffrey Milam issued a statement regarding the settlement with Rodas’s estate on Friday, reports aceshowbiz.com.
“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,” he continued.
“Meadow’s lawsuit 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.”
According to Milam, Meadow will receive approximately $7.2 million after expenses and attorneys’ fees.
Jeffrey said that the basis of the settlement was that Rodas was partly to blame for the fatal accident, although he was “not directing the car through any particularly unsafe manoeuvres when it went out of control.”
Meadow is still pressing with her lawsuit against Porsche, claiming that various design defects in the racing car caused the crash. However, a judge recently threw out an almost identical lawsuit filed by Rodas’s widow, saying the design defect claims were unsupportable.