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Paul Walker

Family Believes Road Bumps Sealed His Fate

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

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.

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.)."

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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I feel for the family BUT COME ON The words SPEEDING CAR and the picture of the crash is all that is needed to come up with a cause..similar to the train wreck in New York..All I see here is a law suit blaming everything but the driver for the crash. Seams to be this generation and administrations way of justice..

293 days ago


This is exactly the same rationale appled by those people who blame handguns for the death of innocent people. Death is caused by people acting recklessly or with mal-intent, using whatever means to bring about the death of another. Sop trying to blame inanimate objects for the acts of humans.

293 days ago


If they had been going the legal speed limit--45 mph--even IF they hydroplaned that crash would have been no more than a little fender bender. They died, not because of anything in the road, but because they were driving way too fast for a public street. They are lucky they didn't hit someone else and kill someone who was walking down that sidewalk!

293 days ago


The F&F movie SHOULD include or end with the death of Walkers character in a crash, because if your going to film street racing or whatever these movies depict (have never seen one of them) it should show the pros and cons like in real life, then they can move on in film 8 with another lead. I'm sure Paul would not have wanted his death the end the making of more F&F's.

293 days ago


I don't know if I buy that. When Indy cars take to the city streets, there's just as many dangers....maybe more. After all, the Porsche was only traveling at 85mph? An Indy car on city streets travels upwards of 160...mph? I will always believe it was something mechanical in the steering. These guys could have easily handled that car on Bott's Dots. Give them more credit than that.

293 days ago


I love Paul Walker and sorry this happened to him, but he is gone from this life because of speeding in a car. Sorry. Still like him, but all of that aside, it was speeding. He's not the only one that does that. So many speed on the streets now.

293 days ago


paul and rodas were test driving the car to figure out the problem. Idc what anybody says but no way a small tree and a fake pole gonna stop a car that was supposedly "speeding" at 90mph. They werent speeding at all. someone hit their car and made them crash into the trees and pole. then they dropped a bomb on them. simple. paul found out **** he wasnt supposed to and he was wacked! notice how strange it looks for the car to be completely incinerated and the front end is still perfect while the rest of the car is gone. But they crashed into ****, right....they may have been parked or whatever, but somethig isnt right. anyone with a brain can see that.

293 days ago


Enough, he had no regard for the lives of others. He got what he deserved,

293 days ago

Lacy Lee    

no speed killed them, the bumps are there to stop people speeding!!

293 days ago


Sad this had to happen but what really sealed his fate was the driver his friend driving irresponsible, period.

293 days ago


its the illegal speed that killed them. sad but true. RIP.

293 days ago


Does this imply that the family will try to sue the city now and ultimately make the taxpayers pay the price?

293 days ago


As another poster pointed out, it is not the cars fault that the driver was speeding............ buuutttttttt just a little thing to toss out there. In 2011, Ryan Dunn died when he too lost control of his Porche and hit a tree, killing both him and his passenger.

293 days ago


While the loss of his life was a very sad accident, the speed they were driving was not safe and fortunately they didn't hit someone innocent.

293 days ago


Is this to imply that the family will attempt to sue the city making the taxpayers ultimately pay for the outcome of the accident?

293 days ago
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