Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow, struck a settlement worth $10 million with the driver of the car that caused the untimely death of his father back in 2013.
TMZ reported that Meadow’s lawyer, Jeff Milam, stated that the basis of the settlement was that Roger Rodas, Paul’s friend, was partly to be blamed for the fatal accident even though he was “not directing the car through any particularly unsafe maneuvers when it went out of control.”
It was not stated though how much of the settlement will be taken cared of by Rodas’ insurance company and how much will be paid by his estate. However, the settlement was done secretly way back in 2014 and it was reported that Meadow was to receive around $7.2 million while her counsel will get under $3 million.
Hollywood life reported that part of the settlement that will be paid by Rodas’ estate will cover a fraction of what Paul would have earned as an international star.
“Through his estate, Mr. Rodas, the driver of the car, took partial responsibility for the crash. 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,” Milam explained.
It would be noted that on November 30, 2013 Walker and Roger Rodas, 38, left an event for Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Rodas’ red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT.
The car crashed into a concrete lamp post and two trees on Hercules Street, in a 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) speed zone near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, after which the vehicle burst into flames.
The crash was filmed by a security camera and authorities determined that Rodas was driving the car, while Walker was the passenger. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department declared both victims dead at the scene.
Rodas died of multiple traumatic injuries, while Walker died from the combined effects of traumatic and thermal trauma, according to the Los Angeles county coroner’s office. Both of their bodies were burned beyond recognition.
The curve where Walker and Rodas were killed is a popular spot for drifting cars. The coroner’s report stated that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was traveling at a speed possibly as high as 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) before the crash. The coroner’s report further stated that no alcohol or other drugs were found in the systems of either man.
Aside from the crash settlement Meadow also is filing a lawsuit against Porsche and in their complaint she stated that the vehicle they were riding in was defective that led to the said fatal accident. This despite Rodas’ widow, Kristine, lost her own legal battle as the court determined that the case did not have merit.
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