The daughter of "The Fast and the Furious" series' star received $10 million from the driver of the car in the fatal crash.
Meadow Walker, the 17-year old daughter of late actor Paul Walker, receives a large settlement from the estate on behalf of Roger Rodas, the driver involved in the tragic car crash that killed both himself and the superstar of the Fast and Furious series.
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The settlement of $10.1 million was reached in November 2014 but the sum has not been received by Meadow Walker until Thursday.
“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 been tragically cut short in the November 30, 2013, accident,” said Jeff Milam, Meadow Walker’s attorney in a statement.
“Through his estate, Mr. Rodas , the driver of the car, took partial responsibility for the crash, which Paul Walker would have survived.”
In November 2013, Paul Walker was a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT when the driver Roger Rodas lost the control of the car. The car, which was travelling at a speed possibly as high as 93 miles per hour, crashed into a concrete pole and burst into flames in the area of Santa Clarita, California. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.
The 40 year old actor Paul Walker was nearly half way through filming the seventh installment of “Furious” series when the fatal accident took place. The latest installment earned more than $1.5 billion worldwide and was among the highest grossing movies of all-time.
Both Meadow Walker and Rodas’ widow Kristine filed separate lawsuits against Porsche for wrongful death of their loved ones, claiming that the car has numerous design defects or mechanical failings that led to crash. Earlier this week, a U.S court ruled out the Rodas’ suit in favor of German automaker while Meadow’s lawsuit is still pending. Meadow’s attorney claims that the news of the settlement with Rodas should have no effect on her pending suit against Porsche.
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“Our lawsuit on behalf of Meadow 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.”