Paul Walker’s 17-year-old daughter, Meadow, received $ 13.5 million (US$10.1 million) in settlement with the estate of Roger Rodas, who was also killed in the crash along with the actor. She now plans to hold the car maker responsible for their actions by continuing with her law suit against Porsche AG.
Rodas was driving Porsche Carrera GT that killed both, the actor and the driver in a fatal crash in November 2013. According to Jeff Milam, (Meadow) Walker’s lawyer, it was not the crash that killed Paul Walker. The “Fast and Furious” actor had survived the crash. However, he was trapped and hence burned to death because of the defects in the vehicle.
And while Rodas’ estate took partial responsibility for the death and settled with the Walker girl, Porsche AG will be taken to court for skimping on safety features that could have prevented the tragedy.
TMZ states that Meadow Walker received around $9.5 million (US$7.2 million) while Milam received just under AU $ 4 million (US $ 3 million). The settlement, which was made in 2014, largely went unnoticed as it was filed under the name Meadow W.
The money, which will go to a trust for Walker, covers only a “fraction of what her father would have earned as an international movie star had his life not been tragically cut short,” revealed Milam in a statement.
Reuters informs that LA officials have already conducted a four-month investigation into the car and its mechanisms. The results of the said investigation state that the crash was not caused by any mechanical failure. It was caused by excessive speed. The German automaker too has stood firm and have continually maintained that the actor was responsible for his own death.
In the meantime, Walker, who has recently launched the Paul Walker Foundation wants to continue her father’s legacy of charity work.
Reflecting on my father, I found myself reflecting on his passions. His passion for the ocean, his passion for rescuing animals, his passion for helping people and his passion for spontaneous goodwill. I wanted to start this foundation because I want to share that piece of him with the world. I want to share that part of him with others. I am tremendously proud to be launching The #PaulWalkerFoundation (@paulwalkerfdn) on his birthday. I can't think of a better way to celebrate my father. #DoGood
The recently launched Foundation will offer grants and scholarships to selected students and researchers pursuing marine science education or working on advancements in that field states Entertainment Tonight. Walker took to Instagram to reveal that she was sharing him with the world through the Foundation.