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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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669 COMMENTS

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136.

Jude    

Speed...if he had been going the speed limit, this probably wouldn't have happened. Trying to find someone to blame is just wrong. Whoever was driving the car is at fault. Praying for the families and friends of BOTH men.

129 days ago
137.

Truth    

The moron SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN DOING 100mph ON A PUBLIC STREET. That's why they are dead. Stop looking for something else to blame already.

129 days ago
138.

ron    

I ride fast motorcycles I have found out a long time ago that the street is not a race track

129 days ago
139.

ron    

I have found out a long time ago "the street is not a race track"

129 days ago
140.

Tongue tied purple    

Paul Walker...cheese and rice guy, is he still* dead?

129 days ago
141.

bgg    

Roger Rodas sealed Paul's fate when he drove like some teen punk in his Dads Porsche.
Roger Rodas is just another Nick Hogan. Except Rodas ended his life also. Too bad Nick Hogan didn't die also.
F*uck Rodas!

129 days ago
142.

Nikki    

Sue the city for road bumps cos they won't let people speed properly. Duh…. drool.

129 days ago
143.

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.

129 days ago
144.

jim    

speeeeed killed him

129 days ago
145.

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".

129 days ago
146.

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.

129 days ago
147.

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?

129 days ago
148.

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...

129 days ago
149.

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.

129 days ago
150.

cementmixer    

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

129 days ago
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