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Paul Walker

Family Believes Road Bumps Sealed His Fate

12/11/2013 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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.

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.)."

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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It was the speed that killed him....But it was his time to go. God had plans for him in heaven,,

317 days ago


Bottom line is still that excessive speed caused the crash and killed the car's occupants. If they had hit the speed bumps doing the posted speed limit they would be alive today.

317 days ago


Just saying that we have all made mistakes. Some of which are bigger than others. The people who are reading this that have done mistakes are reaping the benefits of learning from them. His mistake was getting in that damn car but others like you and I can change our mistakes to good.

317 days ago


Speed bumps aren't a problem when you are going the proper speed. I am sorry for his family's loss, but he was a grown man... he should have known better. It was an avoidable tragedy that stemmed from his need to go fast. Now his daughter is without a dad... not worth it.

317 days ago


So why is it the fault of the speed bumps? What sealed his fate was the driver speeding.

317 days ago


Speed kills.

317 days ago


Wreckless driving killed this man.

317 days ago


Why were they driving a race car around on a public area? Did the car have the required equipment for a public road? Did the car even have license plates?

317 days ago


Not only was the driver at fault and not the road (what a stupid thing to say), but I think the real tragedy is that this guy was irresponsible enough to be in this car with absolutely no thought to his 15 year old daughter. Is this how a responsible parent behaves? I care not that he died, but that the child suffers the rest of her life. WTG, Dad.

317 days ago


What is important here is that Walker had a history of reckless behaviors behind the wheel, including getting 5 tickets in the past three years alone, one of them for texting and driving! Link below to what court records show.

The speed bumps most certainly did not kill him. It was his pathological need for speed - a speed that in the past could have killed someone. A speed that finally did catch up to him on that cold November day.

I liked him - I truly did. But the truth is what it is. He was a speed freak.

317 days ago


Speed killed. common sense absent.

If the auto manufacturer said all of this some time ago...why isn't this car off the road?!

317 days ago


you play with fire and you get burned!

317 days ago


Speed bumps aren't what killed him. SPEED is what killed him! And his reckless, irresponsible friend who was driving are what killed him!

317 days ago


I wonder if Walker tried to get the driver to slow down? I guess we'll never know if there was any of that type conversation. So sad.

317 days ago

Scott Slauson    

I’m a Porsche certified Master mechanic for GT and an expert for PCA in this car and other Porsche cars along with more than 30 years in this specific field. I have also contributed to many automotive magazines for Technical expertise in Porsche and code their operating systems for sanctioned racing.

The GT is basically a street legal race car yet also has many safety characteristics and the F1 cars. The center section or Monocoque is made to withstand extreme G's or impact while the rest of it breaks away to absorb the energy that was created . This car is not in fact a death trap yet very forgiving in all its technology to offer a safe outcome in a crash. The problem is that there can only be so much absorption by the structure and Monocoque before you have exceeded all practical limitations. Perhaps TMZ and others could get more factual information from Porsche or other experts on the car and the forces that caused this. Unfortinately it will most likely conclude with driver error and and excessive G impact.

317 days ago
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