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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.

nastynorm    

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

232 days ago
17.

CyndiChainsaW    

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

232 days ago
18.

CastleGreySkull    

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

232 days ago
19.

aemish    

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

232 days ago
20.

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.

232 days ago
21.

Jackey    

Cold blooded.

232 days ago
22.

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.

232 days ago
23.

niles    

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

232 days ago
24.

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.

232 days ago
25.

Unbroken Chain    

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

232 days ago
26.

vidsoon    

No, SPEEDING on a public road killed him. Stupidity killed him. Arrogance killed him. Disrespect for the law and safety of others killed him. This is just denial and transfer of responsibility. Like a burglar blaming his crimes on his drug habit. Live by the sword, die by it.

232 days ago
27.

JMW57    

Road bumps really!! Face hard facts speeding on a public street sealed their fate period...Stop trying to blame something else but the driver!!

232 days ago
28.

freaksloan    

The only person to blame is the DRIVER! It is not the cars fault and it is not the roads fault.

232 days ago
29.

Seth Miller    

Here is my comment 7 days ago.

If you notice, the speed limit on the road was increased since the Google image. The image taken by Google street view (Dec 2011) says 35 mph while the speed limit on the pole that was knocked over was 45 mph. Should the speed limit have been increased right before a turn with a posted speed limit of 15 mph only a block away? I also noticed in street view that the road did not have any painted lines however did have reflectors that outlined the lanes on Hercules street. With the car being so low and initial reports of speed being a factor, could the car have lost control while coming around the uphill right-handed turn because of the reflectors?

232 days ago
30.

ABB    

Bullcarp! botts dots my @$! How about blaming stupidity and negligence with a law breaking involved? Driving recklessly on public streets that were not designed as a fast and furious racetrack.

I'd love to see these clowns try to sue the city and getting laughed off the court room.

232 days ago
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