The estate of Roger Rodas, the driver who was involved in the fatal crash that killed actor Paul Walker, has settled with the actor’s family for more than $10.1 million.
According to the lawyer for Walker’s daughter Meadow, Rodas’ estate has paid a large settlement that “only covers a fraction of what her father would have earned as an international movie star had his life not tragically been cut short.”
"Through his estate, Mr. Rodas, the driver of the car, took partial responsibility for the crash,” Jeff Milian said in a statement to People magazine last week. “Meadow's lawsuit against Porsche AG – a $13 billion corporation – intends to hold the company responsibly for producing a vehicle that was defective and caused Paul Walker's death."
The settlement with Rodas’ estate comes soon after a federal judge ruled that there was no evidence that key safety features were missing in the Porsche Carrera GT before the crash in November 2013.
Walker was riding in the Carrera GT driven by his friend Rodas when the car spun out of control, struck three trees and burst into flames on a street in Santa Clarita, California. Walker was on a break from filming the seventh installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise when the accident occurred.
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The ruling has no bearing on two other cases against Porsche filed by Walker's daughter and father, which are both pending in Los Angeles Superior Court.
An investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol concluded that unsafe speed, not mechanical problems, caused the crash. Investigators said the Porsche was going as fast as 94 mph.
Engineers from Porsche, who evaluated the wreckage of the rare car, helped in the investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.