Paul Walker’s Father Claims the Rodas Estate Owes Him Over $1.8 Million in Cars
You may want to digest the following piece of news with a grain of salt, but according to the folks from TMZ, Paul Walker Sr. says that the family of Roger Rodas is currently holding approximately $1.8 million worth of sports cars that his son had co-owned with Roger. Apparently, Paul Walker’s father has went as far as filling legal documents against the Rodas estate, demanding either the cars or the equivalent in cash.
It is worth mentioning that Paul Walker and Roger Rodas co-owned the performance and racing shop Always Evolving, and Paul Sr. says that his son owned either fully or partially the company’s over 30 cars, which are worth almost $2 million. It seems that Roger Rodas’ family has already rejected the legal claims, therefore leaving the solution of the case in the hands of a judge.
As most of you know, Paul Walker died in a car crash that took place at the end of 2013, with the actor being the passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT that spun off the road and was engulfed by fire, killing both Walker and the driver, Roger Rodas, who was his friend and business partner. A few good months after his death, there was news that his rather large car collection would be sold-off through private brokers, without putting an accent on Walker’s connection with the vehicles. It is therefore not yet clear how many of the cars are still in the possession of Rodas’ estate or the Always Evolving performance shop.
Why it Matters
If all of the above is true, it would be rather hard not to feel some animosity toward either Paul Walker Sr. or Roger Rodas’ family, especially since the two dead were actually very good friends and obviously both shared their love of cars. With that being said, their mutual belongings shouldn’t create a scandal — especially one involving legal authorities — between the two families, as it puts a stain on both their legacies. Not to mention that especially after his passing, it has emerged that Paul Walker was pretty big into philanthropy and sharing his wealth with the less fortunate.
This would be the second rather large scandal involving Paul Walker’s death after last year a 18-year old was sentenced to six months in jail for stealing a part of the wrecked Carrera GT in which the actor and Roger Rodas died. Hopefully, the alleged lawsuit between Paul Walker Sr. and Rodas’ family will end with the two settling their differences for good out of respect for the deceased.