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Judge dismisses suit from Rodas’ widow in Paul Walker crash

A judge has tossed a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of the man who perished with Paul Walker in 2013.

Roger Rodas’ widow’s claims that the fatal car wreck was caused by defects in the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT her husband was driving were not supported by any concrete evidence, U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez ruled in papers obtained Tuesday by the Daily News.

“Plaintiff has provided no competent evidence that Rodas’ death occurred as a result of any wrongdoing on the part of Defendant,” Gutierrez wrote.

Kristine Rodas had alleged in her May 2014 lawsuit against Porsche that her husband lost control of the car due to shoddy suspension and side impact protection, and that the vehicle had exploded on impact because it lacked a proper crash cage and fuel cell.

A judge reportedly tossed a wrongful death lawsuit from Kristine Rodas, the widow of Roger Rodas (r.).Carparazzis via Facebook

A judge reportedly tossed a wrongful death lawsuit from Kristine Rodas, the widow of Roger Rodas (r.).

But Rodas’ cause of death wasn’t related to fire, Gutierrez wrote. The autopsy report obtained by The News in 2014 indicated that Rodas had suffered burns, but ultimately died from blunt trauma to his head, neck and chest.

The judge also pointed out the force that killed Rodas was from front impact with the utility pole, not side impact.

A lawyer for Kristine Rodas called the judge’s ruling “wrongheaded” in a statement to The News.

“We are obviously disappointed, but we are confident the decision will be reversed,” he said.

Porsche had previously blamed Rodas for the crash, which occurred Nov. 30, 2013, after Rodas lost control of the vehicle, crashing it into trees and a utility pole.

Rodas, Walker’s buddy and business associate, “chose to conduct himself in a manner so as to expose himself and others to such perils, dangers and risks,” Porsche attorneys alleged.

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The Nov. 30, 2013 crash killed both Paul Walker and driver Roger Rodas.

The German automaker similarly blamed the “Fast & Furious” star in November for his own death in response to a wrongful death suit filed by the late actor’s teenage daughter, Meadow Walker.

“He chose to conduct himself in a manner so as to expose himself to such perils, dangers and risks, thus assuming all the risks involved in using the vehicle,” said the filing obtained by The News.

His father, Paul Walker Sr., also filed a negligence and wrongful death suit in November. 

Walker was 40 when he died.STRINGER/REUTERS

Walker was 40 when he died.

Walker’s former “Furious 7” co-star Michelle Rodriguez, one of many who have publicly mourned the actor’s death, recently confessed a surprising regret she felt under the influence of psychedelic plant brew Ayahuasca.

“My Ayahuasca trip made me sad that he left me here,” she said in a new clip from the documentary “The Reality of Truth” obtained Monday by TMZ. “It wasn’t a sadness that he’s gone. It was more like a jealousy that he’s there first.”

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