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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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Susan    

I think Walkers family should sue the estate of the friend driving. No different than when John Kennedy flew into the water, killing his wife and her Sister. the family sued and won. If not for dumbass driving like that Paul Walker would still be here.

260 days ago
152.

slobuddy    

Is It just me or did being in a car driving like an idiot cost him his life? Lets spread the blame . . . SMH

260 days ago
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Susan    

I think Walkers family should sue the estate of the friend driving. No different than when John Kennedy flew into the water, killing his wife and her Sister. the family sued and won. If not for dumbass driving like that Paul Walker would still be here.

260 days ago
154.

Abby    

It was the speed that killed them, not the bump.

260 days ago
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Laura    

I am very sorry for the family's loss but he died because he was joy riding with an idiot who was driving too fast. This is no ones fault except the person who was driving recklessly.

260 days ago
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dj    

So speed bumps really do work.

260 days ago
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RALPH    

Going to fast the the car hit the bumps and just lost traction thats all------one year I had a buick skylark and was entering a hiway at night and hit the gas and the car spun out and I was going backwords passing light pols in revers so thay can happen

260 days ago
158.

Trigger    

i think speed bumps are there to slow down not speed up thats why i always hit them

260 days ago
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glennbob    

a lot of people here are blamin the driver , but ya have to remember , he was a friend of Walkers, and Walker knew all to well what his friend does

260 days ago
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moonraker    

This is so sad, however I dont see these dot bots being the cause especially when the driver was SPEEDING!!

260 days ago
161.

LetsBeReAL    

God. He was perfection.

260 days ago
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Carole Clark    

Driving too fast is not a good thing....

260 days ago
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usthatswho    

My heart goes out to the families of these men because it was a senseless accident. I am sorry, but those speed bumps were put there for a reason and that is so people will NOT SPEED! I feel bad for the families that such a RECKLESS ACTION took the lives of their loved ones but IF they had been driving slower the speed, speed bumps, or car would not have been an issue and the driver would not have lost control.

260 days ago
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mot    

LOL! The DOTS are only a danger when you are breaking the law by speeding...... the DOTS stay and the law-breakers go!

260 days ago
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Johnne in Seattle    

Yes, speed bumps killed Paul...oh, didn't they leave out they were breaking the law, and the bumps are there to remind you when you go over a line, or too fast. They fortunately didn't KILL any innocent bystanders. Yeah, those darn bumps kill....It saddens me that the story now has to take a twist about SPEED BUMPS THAT KILL instead of the real story of a reckless driver killing himself and a passenger....darn speed bumps anyway

260 days ago
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