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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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211.

dafacts    

WOW - is his estate planning to sue the Speed Bump MFG?

"Speed Bumps dont kill people, people do"... #TFF

229 days ago
212.

Bruce    

No-- speed bumps did NOT kill Paul Walker. Ridiculously excessive speeding on a public street killed Paul Walker. This bizarre canonization of Walker ex-mortus is just ludicrous. Yeah, yeah, he was a "nice guy", but he could EASILY have killed OTHERS by his selfish and risky behavior. OH, that's right-- another passenger DID get killed. For this we're supposed to "laud and honor" him? Don't be absurd...

229 days ago
213.

John Gesselberty    

This is like saying a man who jumped off a building was killed by the pavement as it hit him.

229 days ago
214.

Lee    

While I sympathize with with both families who lost loved ones in this tragedy, it's ridiculous to put blame on speed bumps.

What caused the accident was the driver going in excess of 90 MPH on a city street. Making this even more negligent is that the speed was achieved while only a few hundred yards from the event they were attending.

The speed bumps were installed to stop this from happening. They had to have seen the speed bumps on their way to the event to know NOT to drive recklessly.

I'm sure the next story will be how the families lawyered up to sue the city over these speed bumps.

It's hard to admit that you lost a loved one due to his or her own negligence, but people need to stop looking for excuses, put the blame where it belongs and make peace with that.

229 days ago
215.

donnerdad    

Another person who thinks they are entitled, bites the dust...

229 days ago
216.

donnerdad    

Better him the way he was driving then a pedestrian. What now! Is the family going to sue because the speed bumps did what they were supposed to do. After all the speed bumps did make him slow down.

229 days ago
217.

mommatocharlie    

So the speed bump up and smacked his car? I don't think so. What killed him was more likely the obscene speed at which the driving was driving the car. That is CARELESS driving, not a speed bump killing. I am sorry that he died (though i never heard of him before the wreck, i can still offer my sympathy to his family and friends.). Speed kills. Speed bumps are designed to make people cut their speed.

229 days ago
218.

P. Scott Parker    

Well, the bot dots did not kill him. Hitting a tree going 90 MPH did. Ultimately, when you race you take a risk of serious injury. A responsible FATHER will not do such. So sad for his daughter. It is tough enough in life having two parents. Having just a mother makes life that much harder. Hope that he had a humongous life insurance policy.

229 days ago
219.

David Bergstein    

All those crash videos /before and during fire - so many watchers were too chicken to do anything. if there were some Russians or Middle easterns (they have balls) they would of been (probably) alive today.

229 days ago
220.

asham    

i have to agree with night shade about the seal of fate, yes these speed bumps are for a reason if we did not have these speeb bumps you can bet we would be seeing so many crashes like pauls, i too was a great fan of paul walker.

229 days ago
221.

Patti    

The SPEEDING killed him, not the speed bump.

229 days ago
222.

Barry    

What a load of hooey this story is. The "botts dots" had nothing to do with the crash. Making the idiotic assumption that running over them upset traction at one wheel, there are three other wheels still in contact with the road. Was the entire road surface covered in these reflectors? You cannot, never, no how, no way hydroplane unless your tires are on water. The road was dry when they lost control and hit the light pole. The memo from Porsche was not a memo "from Porsche" and it had nothing to do with warning about control problems with the car. The memo was from a traveling sales rep about his schedule and a warning against letting untrained drivers test drive cars in inventory due to a high chance they could cause expensive cosmetic damage to the car. As for the tires, I'll have to guess at what the idiot author meant by "special racing tires that have very little tread". It sounds like a reference to DOT-R rated tires which are racing tires approved by the DOT for street use. These are normaly used by "showroom-stock" type racing classes and have grip far superior to regular street tires, so they would have greatly increased traction and control, not reduced it. Actual "race tires" are strictly illegal on all public roads.

229 days ago
223.

Steise    

Nononono. It was not the speed bumps that caused the crash. The ROAD was only meant to handle cars going 45 mph. That's what those posted signs mean. They mean that engineers have decided that the maximum safe rate of speed on that road is 45mph. The road wasn't intended to handle NINETY MILES PER HOUR! What is WRONG with this family? Really? REALLY? You think it's the ROAD's fault? On that road, no one would be in control at 90mph. Control is an illusion. The Laws of Physics state that there's no way you're in control at that speed if someone walks out onto the road or a car suddenly gets in your way. The driver tried to defy the laws of physics and physics won. That's iti. Nothing more. He didn't have the right to be going 90mph and risking the lives of everyone around him, including himself and his passenger. It's very sad but it's not the road's fault or the car's fault. You don't go 90 on a road like that. period. Ever.

229 days ago
224.

Steise    

Nononono. It was not the speed bumps that caused the crash. The ROAD was only meant to handle cars going 45 mph. That's what those posted signs mean. They mean that engineers have decided that the maximum safe rate of speed on that road is 45mph. The road wasn't intended to handle NINETY MILES PER HOUR! What is WRONG with this family? Really? REALLY? You think it's the ROAD's fault? On that road, no one would be in control at 90mph. Control is an illusion. The Laws of Physics state that there's no way you're in control at that speed if someone walks out onto the road or a car suddenly gets in your way. The driver tried to defy the laws of physics and physics won. That's iti. Nothing more. He didn't have the right to be going 90mph and risking the lives of everyone around him, including himself and his passenger. It's very sad but it's not the road's fault or the car's fault. You don't go 90 on a road like that. period. Ever.

229 days ago
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d.b. cooper    

of course, it will now be the taxpayers' deep pockets who are at fault for having the nerve to install the speed bumps . . . forget the fact the driver was speeding, exceeding 90 mph in what was probably at most a 45 mph zone.

229 days ago
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