In paperwork filed this week, Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow Walker, says Porsche Cars of North America “improperly redacted” damaging information from emails and documents at the center of her wrongful death claim.
Paul Walker died while riding in a Carrera GT that crashed in November 2013.
She says in one particularly disturbing “smoking gun” email, Porsche tried to “conceal” a manager’s statement that 200 of the 1,280 Porsche Carrera GTs produced worldwide were “totaled” during the model’s first two years on the road.
Meadow’s dad, a beloved star of the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise, died while riding shotgun in a Carrera GT that crashed in southern California in November 2013.
Meadow’s lawyer says it was when he switched computers during his review of the redacted material that he learned the car company was trying to conceal the internal discussion of “totaled” GTs.
He said text that appeared redacted on his Windows PC suddenly became visible when he viewed the files on his Apple Mac, the paperwork states.
A judge previously ordered Porsche to produce all documents related to other GT crashes, so the company knew such figures did not qualify for redaction as confidential information, Meadow claims.
Porsche still tried to redact the discussion of “totaled” cars because it supports her allegation the vehicle “was defectively designed and manufactured,” her new filing states.
Porsche knew it was “a dangerous car” but “failed to warn consumers,” the filing claims.
Porsche’s improper redactions also included the same manager touting an upside to the mangled GTs, Meadow alleges. He cynically said their destruction “would be great news to the remaining owners as the GT becomes more rare,” the paperwork states.
“PCNA’s egregious discovery abuses warrant sanctions,” Meadow’s new paperwork claims.
The “misconduct” should trigger a default judgment and sanctions of $52,732, the filing says.
Attempts to reach lawyers for Porsche were not immediately successful late Wednesday.
An investigation of the solo-vehicle crash that killed Walker found the exotic sports car was speeding when driver Roger Rodas lost control and slammed into a light pole and a tree.
RIP Paul Walker.