Celebrity cars: Paul Walker estate sued over auto theft claims - National Exotic Car
Big celebrity car news is coming out of the United Kingdom this week, but the British tabloids are not discussing any fast cars made by the Brits. Instead, their focus has been on Porsche (a car company that is historically the pride of most Germans) and a slew of car company names that are all American. The representatives of the estate of the late Paul Walker, the movie actor who was killed while riding shotgun in a Porsche during a charity benefit, is currently in the process of suing a former associate of the star celeb actor over missing sports cars, the Guardian reported June 15, 2015. The estate is claiming that Richard Taylor, who helped Walker maintain his sports car collection, absconded with a 2011 Porsche GT3 RS and at least six other vehicles within 24 hours of "The Fast and the Furious" (a.k.a. "Fast & Furious") actor's death in a fiery crash in Santa Clarita, CA, a year and a half ago. According to the NY Daily News, the remaining cars included four BMWs, a Crown Victoria, and a GMC truck.
The lawsuit claims that the former associate gave the estate a list of 32 cars that Walker had owned (or at least co-owned), according to reports, but Taylor did not disclose the existence or location of another seven vehicles, including the Porsche GT3 RS. Reports further allege that Taylor intended to extort money from the estate in exchange for return of the vehicles. The Hollywood Reporter has made the paperwork filed in California superior court available for fan perusal.
Some of the cars are believed to already have been sold, reports suggest, and Taylor is believed also to be in possession of certificates of ownership for another 13 cars of Walker's. The location and condition of the missing vehicles is unknown, and an additional 20 John Does are cited in court filings as possible co-conspirators of Taylor's in removing the cars from a Valencia warehouse following Walker's death. The lawsuit seeks the return of, or compensatory damages relative to the value of, the star celeb's missing cars if they cannot be returned.
Paul Walker, a noted auto enthusiast and licensed dealer, in addition to his acting career, was killed in a fiery crash in Santa Clarirta, CA, on November 30, 2013, with friend and business partner, Roger Rodas, who was driving a Porsche Carrera GT in which Walker was a passenger, when Rodas lost control of the vehicle and crashed into trees and a utility pole. Investigators believe excessive speed was the cause of the crash. However, many seasoned sports car drivers blame the driver, a person who failed to make a fast enough recovery on the road when the tail of the vehicle drifted unexpectedly.
Neither the driver or front seat passenger [Paul Walker] survived the crash. No other vehicles were damaged during the incident, one sources say were tragic in part because the driver was allegedly maneuvering to avoid an obstacle.