AceShowbiz - Paul Walker's daughter Meadow has struck a deal with the driver of the car in which her father died. The 17-year-old girl was awarded $10.1 million after a settlement with Roger Rodas' estate on Friday, April 8.
Meadow's lawyer Jeffrey Milam issued a statement regarding the settlement with Rodas' estate, saying, "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."
"Through his estate, Mr. Rodas, the driver of the car, took partial responsibility for the crash," he continued, "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."
According to Jeffrey, Meadow will receive approximately $7.2 million after expenses and attorneys' fees.
Jeffrey said that the basis of the settlement was that Roger was partly to blame for the fatal accident, although he was "not directing the car through any particularly unsafe maneuvers when it went out of control."
Meadow is still pressing with her lawsuit against Porsche, claiming various design defects in the racing car caused the crash. However, a judge recently threw out an almost identical lawsuit filed by Roger's widow, saying the design defect claims were unsupportable.
Jeffrey commented on the judge's ruling, "The issues in the cases are very different. The federal case was filed on behalf of Roger Rodas, who was the driver of the Porsche Carrera GT and was killed instantly upon impact. Meadow's father, Paul Walker, was a passenger in the car. He survived the crash but was trapped and burned to death because of the vehicle's defects."