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Paul Walker

Family Believes Road Bumps Sealed His Fate

12/11/2013 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Paul Walker
died after the speeding Porsche in which he was riding hydroplaned on reflective plastic markers in the street ... at least that's what his family and accident reconstruction experts believe.

Sources close to Paul's family tell TMZ ... the family has been in touch with stunt experts who have gone to the crash site and come back with what they believe is a solid theory -- a speeding car that hits the plastic markers -- called Botts' Dots -- will hydroplane, causing the driver to lose control.

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We've learned the experts have told the family ... a car going speeds approaching 90 MPH will lose traction after hitting a series of Botts' Dots.  It's akin to driving on ice -- and  control is further compromised by the fact that the Porsche was outfitted with special racing tires that have very little tread.

And there's this ... Porsche sent out a memo to dealers back in 2004, warning about control problems with the Carrera GT, saying, "This vehicle cannot drive over a Foster Beer can that is lying on its side.  It will crush the can and damage the carbon fiber under panels," adding, "You need to be aware of what type of road surface you are on (dips, pot holes, seam heights, etc.)."

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Law enforcement sources say they have not concluded the exact cause of the accident, but it appears they're looking at the Botts' Dots ... as a viable theory for triggering the fatal crash.

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robin333    

Hypocrites! You all say shame on TMZ for posting but you are reading. Simple supply and demand. Stop reading/commenting if you don't approve.

262 days ago
137.

jim    

speeeeed killed him

262 days ago
138.

Tongue tied purple    

Hoping they writers and director opt for an edgy controversial new angle on the Fast and Furious franchise and make the 7th movie into a zombie car chase movie. Smokey & The Bandit meets, The Hitchhiker, w/a splash if Repoman and undertones of Return of the Living Dead. It can be out just in time for next Halloween..the merchandise on Paul Walker zombie costumes alone will finance the 8th movie "Fast and Furious to Mars".

262 days ago
139.

carl    

not to be mean, but sorry,STUPIDITY IS WHAT KILLED HIM.YOU DONT RACE ON CITY STREETS. JUST GLAD NO INNOCENT PEOPLE WERE KILLED.

262 days ago
140.

Ruby    

The Bott Dott's have hired a lawyer and claim their innocence.
Why is this 'not safe for public streets' vehicle not banned for street use, before others are victim to its unstable operation?

262 days ago
141.

Ruth    

Sorry, but I think a lapse in judgment (and speeding) killed them both. I am so sorry for their families, especially around the holidays...

262 days ago
142.

budman    

Why own a car like that if you can't get on it every now and then. You people talk like you have never done stupid ****. Easy to do 100 when it only takes 7 seconds to hit it in that car.

262 days ago
143.

cementmixer    

Enough is enough. He's dead end of story.

262 days ago
144.

JThomas    

the only "road" that is safe at 90+ mph is Daytona hence the existence of Daytona

262 days ago
145.

glennbob    

ya know this is like Bengazi - what difference does it make , experts this experts that - did it ever occur to anyone that speed killed em both - that was established , now you can micro this event , but the fact of the matter remains , you don't speed on the street - good thing nobody was walkin near - bot of hese guys "grown " men and look how they died , doin childish stunts

262 days ago
146.

d    

didn't the po-po speculate the speed to be 45 mph?

262 days ago
147.

Orlando    

"stunt experts who have gone to the crash site and come back with what they believe is a solid theory -- a speeding car that hits the plastic markers -- called Botts' Dots -- will hydroplane, causing the driver to lose control" I am not an expert like this expert but I think the main cause of the crash was......"SPEED"

262 days ago
148.

CSL    

Speeds approaching 90MPH? In a residential or business area? This was suicide.

262 days ago
149.

Jax    

Wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong idiot.

262 days ago
150.

susanlenard    

He was killed because his friend was doing twice the speed limit, hit a tree/pole, and the car exploded!
May as well blame the tree/pole , as to blame the reflectors on the street! The car is supposed to stay in its lane, not drive on the reflectors! Once again, driver error!

262 days ago
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