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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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660 COMMENTS

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196.

Susan    

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.

226 days ago
197.

PR    

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

226 days ago
198.

CWT    

Speed kills..not speed bumps. A shame that two people lost their lives thrill seeking driving recklessly

226 days ago
199.

Nick    

Speed in excess was the primary cause, period.

226 days ago
200.

hag    

I see a lawsuit comming

226 days ago
201.

hag    

I see a lawsuit comming

226 days ago
202.

Rusty    

How stupid is this...that speed bump jumped up and caused them to crash. Just like the gun pulls its own trigger...

226 days ago
203.

Thom    

Saying that the dots caused the crash is a little like asking Mrs. Lincoln..."Aside from that, how did you like the play?"

226 days ago
204.

Thom    

Saying that the dots caused the crash is like asking Mrs. Lincoln..."Aside from that, how did you like the play?"

226 days ago
205.

Ash    

you do not drive a race car on the road.

WHAT ABOUT EXCESSIVE SPEED?

FACTOR MUCH!?

PORSCHE ARE NOT TO BLAME.

SPEED IS.

226 days ago
206.

Chatt    

I'm sure the family just wanted it to make more sense...I don't think anyone is denying that speed was the cause.

226 days ago
207.

Chatt    

These things usually happen for the best. Better to go when on top of your game.

226 days ago
208.

stevem    

No disrespect, but god I hope they don't win a wrongful death lawsuit over this. The speedbumps are in place for a reason.

226 days ago
209.

stevem    

No disrespect, but god I hope they don't win a wrongful death lawsuit over this. The speedbumps are there for a reason.

226 days ago
210.

Lee    

While I find this accident devastating and sympathize with the families of both men, I also find their putting the blame on speed bumps.

It may be hard to admit, but the driver was going over 90 miles an hour just a few hundred yards from where the event that they both attended was held. How can the families not put blame on the driver? Whether it was night or day, when they arrived at the event, they were aware of the speed bumps. It was negligence, plain and simple.

People need to stop looking for excuses to sue...and I'm sure the next story will be that the families lawyered up.

226 days ago
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