The Los Angeles Times reports that Roger Rodas's widow, Kristine Rodas, is suing Porsche. The lawsuit claims that the crash which took both Rodas and actor Paul Walker's lives on November 30 last year was due to a suspension malfunction, and that the car's lightweight construction meant the car lacked a suitable crash cage and safety features in the fuel tank. Lastly, attorney Mark Geragos claims that the Carrera GT was traveling at just 55 mph when the fatal crash occurred.
This contradicts California Highway Patrol reports which found unsafe speed to blame for the tragic crash. Police estimate the Carrera GT was traveling at close to 90 mph when Rodas lost control.
But the lawsuit blames the car's suspension, not speed, saying that the right rear tire suddenly steered to the left, causing the spin that eventually put the Porsche into a light pole and a tree.
This isn't the first time Porsche has been sued over the Carrera GT. In 2006, the company contributed to a $4.5 million settlement when a driver and passenger died in a track accident. The driver swerved to avoid a slow-moving Ferrari, lost control, and struck a concrete barrier. The passenger's widow sued the driver's estate, the track, and Porsche. The three parties settled without admitting wrongdoing.