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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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331.

Vic    

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.

252 days ago
332.

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.

252 days ago
333.

Chris Wood    

Speed kills.

252 days ago
334.

Shari    

Umm Yeah, the Botts Dots are to blame. Yeah, taht's the ticket! It's got nothing to do with the fact that Rodas was DRIVING ON CITY STREETS AT 90MPH FASTER THAN IS EVEN ALLOWED ON ANY NATIONAL HIGHWAY!!!

The Botts Dots have nothing to do with the accident. It's called reckless and careless driving. PERIOD!

252 days ago
335.

glenaurora    

Not to dispute the speed bump theory but I'm convinced that excessive speed and reckless driving were more of a contributing factor to their fatal accident

252 days ago
336.

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 as 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.

252 days ago
337.

Ray675    

I smell a big lawsuit!

252 days ago
338.

gtascode    

This is the consequence of the ongoing culture of denial in America. Everything is someone, or something, else’s fault. There’s no personal accountability in our country anymore. That concept changed at the point when a lawyer figured out there was a fortune to be made through blaming everyone and everything--other than the actual responsible party--for any misfortune that may occur. So many losers have jumped on that bandwagon and decided "Hey, something bad happend to me so I just hit the lotto! I'm not responsible for my own screw-ups."The family has laid the groundwork. Watch for an irresponsible, trivial, court-strangling lawsuit in the future.

252 days ago
339.

JustAnotherFatAmerican    

When are they going to take a look at the pole's role in all of this? How do we know that the pole holds no culpability?

252 days ago
340.

Megan    

No one is saying that it was that the Botts' Dots are at fault for the accident. It says they may have "sealed his fate". He was in a dangerous vehicle, going way faster than it should have on that road and way faster than the legal limit. WE. GOT. IT. MOVE ON! All they are saying is, that they believe the Dots CONTRIBUTED to the crash. Perhaps to alert the rest of us living folks, WHAT COULD HAPPEN WHEN YOU SPEED! Just like the light pole and the tree CONTRIBUTED to the crash! Are we saying, "DAMN YOU TREE! YOU FILTHY MURDERER!" No. We aren't! If you think they are saying the dots killed Paul Walker, then you are a moron. Two good men, who did a lot of good things in this world, are dead and the world is a little less happy because of it. Why can't you focus on that, than the woulda, shoulda, coulda? Unfortunately, people speed on public streets every single day. They don't all die from it. So no. Speeding didn't seal his fate... period! It was the main factor but not what sealed it. Go on Google Maps. Look up Constellation Rd in Santa Clarita, CA. Please, take notice that where Constellation Rd. meets Hercules Rd. there is a very open, very wide curve at the connection. What you see there are SEVERAL tire curve skid marks. That comes from something we fast car enthusiasts call "drifting". It fairly obvious from the Google Maps images, that these marks are new and old which means this road and probably that curve alone, made that extremely LOW traffic, almost pedestrian non-existent, strip of road a popular spot for drifters. Something that maybe the police need to take note of. But no. SPEED didn't seal his fate. A LOT of factors contributed to it. What the families are trying to do, is come to an understanding and cope with what happened to these two LOVED men and maybe draw a future "drifter" or "racer" (one in the same usually) that there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Those men are dead. Their families are left picking up the pieces of their own broken hearts. So shut up with the negative, condescending crap that's not necessary. Who appointed you the world's meanest, most disrespectful guardian angel?

252 days ago
341.

t jam     

WHAT ABOUT THE ASS BEHIND THE WHEEL ???? IM SURE THE SPEED BUMPS COULD OF ADDED TO THE PROBLEM

252 days ago
342.

teila    

Absolutely ridiculous. Who writes this craap? The speed bump killed him about as much as the tree that they hit did. A title like "speed killed actor" is palatable, but
"family believes road bump sealed his fate" is just plain dumb.

Did the speed limit sign seal his fate as well? What about the lines in the road... were they contributory in sealing his fate? I like the actor and love the Carerra GT... but this hoopla can be summed up as "well liked actor died in car due to irresponsible driver."

See? Easy.

252 days ago
343.

sfrandiver    

Paul was a good guy, more then I knew. He was in a friend's car. Which the friend just got. They were at a car show. The friend was trying to show off. Don't blame the car, road, or bumps. Stuff happens. I have served overseas and actors like Tom Cruise say it is the same as being a soldier . Let it go. Experience the lose. Embrace his life. Good man, bad way to go. Remember the man not the accident.

252 days ago
344.

Donnie    

I mean really who cares,,,,you were speeding spun out and were unlucky and hit a pole and died. Im sure it was the first time they drove recklessly on a public street.

252 days ago
345.

Leslie    

The speed bump did not kill him, don't be rediculous ... he was killed because of speed and recklessness, he was driving fast and furious and showing off in his new car and due to the excess speed and his losing control of the vehicle and crashing, the car exploded in flames. Someone should have told him that driving fast and furious in real life leads to fatalities and he should have known better. He was reckless, and he should have know better than to act like the film, fast and furious.

252 days ago
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