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Paul Walker’s daughter sues Porsche over lethal accident

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The daughter of late actor Paul Walker, who died in the deadly accident of a Porsche sports car in California two years before, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the car company.

Meadow Walker, 16, claimed in the complaint the automaker skimped on safety features for the vehicle which could have either prevented the crash entirely or at least kept Walker alive, court records show.

Paul Walker was a passenger in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by Roger Rodas, who lost control of the vehicle before it hit a power pole and burst into flames north-west of Los Angeles, killing both men.

The lawsuit said Porsche knew the car model had a “history of instability and control issues” and added that the seat belts were designed such that in a crash, the shoulder belt anchor would be pulled along with the rear engine compartment while the seat anchor would remain in place.

“This snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis, flattening his seat and trapping him in a supine position, where he remained alive until the vehicle erupted into flames one minute and 20 seconds later,” the filing said.
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“Absent these defects in the Porsche Carrera GT, Paul Walker would be alive today,” the complaint added, citing the seat belt design and other issues.

A lengthy investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Patrol found the car was travelling at 151 kilometres per hour.

-Reuters

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Lightning strike kills woman in Saptari

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RAJBIRAJ — A woman was killed when lightning struck her in the field at Bishnupur Rural Municipality-6 in Saptari district on Saturday evening.

The victim is 50-year-old Keshari Devi Yadav, wife of Shailendra Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh said. She was struck by thunderbolt while picking up lentils in the field.

Another woman, Rinku Yadav who had gone together with Keshari to harvest lentil, has been injured in the incident. She is being treated at the Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zone Hospital at Rajbiraj.

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