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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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16.

RamHead    

Can we move on people? Walker (I had to Google to find out who he was) died last month and one can mourn every hour or write about him every minute of the day, but it won't bring him back.
His friend Rodas created and owned a racing shop and loved racing. Fine, but didn't he know about the disadvantages of a Porsche Carrera GT? Or did he think himself to be good enough to drive such car?
That day, that time when they died there were a lot more fathers all over this world who died and left a family behind.
Therefore, cremate Walker and Rodas or put them in the ground and move on. Earth, time and the lives of their families didn't stop when they died.

127 days ago
17.

nastynorm    

Going 90 mph on a public street is called RECKLESS DRIVING.Speed bumps my butt.

127 days ago
18.

CyndiChainsaW    

I'm burnt out on anything Paul walker at this point

127 days ago
19.

INTHEZONE    

born white but died black as coal

127 days ago
20.

CastleGreySkull    

#ShowingOff Is What Killed Them!!!!!!!

127 days ago
21.

aemish    

This car should be recalled. I doubt these were the first fatalities to come from this majorly flawed design.

127 days ago
22.

Johnbrnc    

Yes Walker was a nice guy and even a philanthropist. What he was not, was smart enough to know the difference between the purpose of public streets with uneven surfaces and boots dots and a race track. This misjudgment cost him his life and his movies are leading others in the direction.

127 days ago
23.

Jackey    

Cold blooded.

127 days ago
24.

Holly    

Wow, these cars shouldn't be allowed on public roads. They are a danger not only to the driver, but also other motorists. They should be banned from our roads.

127 days ago
25.

niles    

and of course, careening at 90 mph on a public street had nothing to do with it. blame the plastic dots.

127 days ago
26.

Oval Beach    

No. Road bumps did not seal his fate....driving/riding in a vehicle that is NOT meant for street driving is what sealed his fate.

127 days ago
27.

INTHEZONE    

I fell into a burning ring of fire,
I went down, down, down as the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

127 days ago
28.

INTHEZONE    

my mountain bike is not meant for streets
but i ride it on streets
and it hasn't killed me yet
pray for me

127 days ago
29.

Unbroken Chain    

That's code for, "we gonna sue the City!" Ah America. Always so Done to sue!!

127 days ago
30.

INTHEZONE    

I don't think the speed bump would have been much of a problem if they would have been driving say 45 mph (the speed limit!)

127 days ago
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