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Widow Of Roger Rodas, Who Died With Paul Walker, Sues Porsche Over Death

Paul Walker and Roger Rodas.

Paul Walker and Roger Rodas.  (Always Evolving/Facebook)

The wife of the driver in the fatal crash that killed him and actor Paul Walker has sued Porsche, claiming design flaws and faulty mechanics caused the the fiery crash in November.

Kristine M. Rodas, Roger Rodas' wife, filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court claiming the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT her husband was driving did not have a proper crash cage nor safety features in the gas tank that would have saved both men.

Read the full complaint here.

According to court documents, Rodas also said her husband was driving at 55 mph — not at unsafe speeds as law enforcement investigators determined — before it crashed last year.

The lawsuit also contends that a failure in the car's suspension system forced it to careen out of control and strike three trees while driving down a street in Santa Clarita.

"The Carrera GT was unsafe for its intended use by reason of defects in its manufacture, design, testing, component and constituents, so that it would not safely serve its purpose," the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from Porsche Cars North America, which did not immediately return email messages seeking comment.

Kristine Rodas' attorney, Mark Geragos, said he hired the top experts in the country to evaluate the wreckage and crash. The results, he said, were an unbiased look at the accident that refutes an official investigation that determined the sports car was speeding at up to 94 mph when it crashed.

The results of an investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol was released in March and concluded that it was unsafe speed and not mechanical problems that caused the crash. That investigation was aided by engineers from Porsche, who examined the wreckage of the car.

The differing opinions on the crash will likely be a part of any trial over the lawsuit, which could take years to resolve.

Roger Rodas was trained as a race car driver, according to his wife's lawsuit. He left behind two young children upon his death.

Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" film franchise, co-owned an auto racing team with Rodas named Always Evolving.

Walker's death occurred on a break during the filming of "Fast & Furious 7," and the actor's two brothers are helping complete action scenes in the film. The film's release has been delayed until April 2015.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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