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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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286.

The    

Why didn't the driver merely drive the speed limit? What an unusual thought.

284 days ago
287.

Kathy    

No being stupid is what killed him!

284 days ago
288.

Hackitoff    

people who speed are drivibg with the angels or the devil

284 days ago
289.

DONT SPEED    

I felt it was the street reflectors from the time I saw this photo, day or 2 after the accident. I actually thought they were evidence markers at a crime scene at first, but then read that it is more of a busy street and put it together. When I first moved to CA, I reacted to my experience riding over those dots in a SUV with a genuine WTF. They are way too high, this will surely be another huge ticket item for CA taxpayers to retrofit them, but I doubt it will come to that.

284 days ago
290.

Bull Redman    

........and oh, by the way, he wasn't even driving................

284 days ago
291.

Marta    

It wasn't the speed bump that killed him. It was the fact that they were going too fast in that zone. Speed bumps are put in places for a reason.

284 days ago
292.

william barbour    

live by the sword, die by the sword.

284 days ago
293.

greyph    

The driver was negotiating a nice skid in the turn at a pretty good speed, something he could probably do with perfection time and again, even in his sleep. However, there's always that unexpected hook in life; a fatal flaw being not accounting for the bumps on the road. Which quite possibly when the rear of the car swung around in the skid, the rear and/or front tires caught on the bumps. A sideways movement, combined far some speed and torque causing car to lunge out of control, worse than hydroplaning as they actually flew and perhaps spun into the tree/post. The force resulting would extremely violent and instantaneous, and certainly in the absence of protective headwear etc the impact alone would be fatal. Paul certainly did not suffer. A very sad tragedy.

284 days ago
294.

Kim    

You can blame the bumps all you want. But if they weren't speeding at 90 MPH plus, then this never would have happened.

284 days ago
295.

Paula    

The "speed bump" killed him. really? Are they kidding? How about the SPEED, period.

Sounds like lawyers have been knocking down their doors. I feel really bad, two people are killed unnecessarily and they are looking to blame something other than the fact that they were speeding.

284 days ago
296.

Electrode    

Not speed!! Just that sudden stop and the added insurance of some fire. If you're gonna check out, might as well go out with a "big bang and great balls of fire".
Just sayin'

284 days ago
297.

TT    

Families need to understand course of actions to be able to grieve. Suing is not the point. Understanding why on straight empty street that happened is. Of course speed is part of it but not all if it !

284 days ago
298.

manbearpig    

these "experts" are just ambulance chasers. the bumps didn't kill those guys, going twice the speed limit did.
if they were going 45 instead of 90, they don't lose control of the car. and even if they did, at most, they get some bruises and scratches and walk away just fine.

284 days ago
299.

o rly    

Finally, the idiots at TMZ are calling it a Porsche Carrera GT and not a "Porsche GT".

284 days ago
300.

Chica    

I still can't understand how this car could be street legal if nobody could handle it, and it had no safety features.

284 days ago
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