Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

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.



No Avatar


So nothing to do with excessive speed and ignorance?

315 days ago


so going 90 MPH on a local street didn't kill them it was the road reflectors fault...I get it

315 days ago


Anybody saw hercules street on Google maps?look closer, is there a gas pipe exactly at the impact point, before the trees. I think that's why the car burn from the front and exploded. Is an opinion anyway.

315 days ago

peter brown    

Paul Walker died because he was dumb enough to sit in a car going too damn fast on a public road. He was an innocent victim. Whatever launched that toy was not under intelligent control. We are all grateful that these two rich playboys did not wipe out a family, a school bus or other victims.

315 days ago


Horse manure. SPEEDING is what caused Paul Walker's death. "Speed bumps" were never INTENDED to be utilized where people are traveling 90 MPH!

315 days ago

Joan M Waters    

I understand that the family is grieving. However, speed caused this accident. Had the car been traveling within the posted speed limit, the "speed bump" would not have been an issue.

315 days ago


Find something too blame.

315 days ago


The speed bump didn't kill him. They were speeding at 90 miles an hour in a 45 mph zone. They were the cause of their own deaths. Speeders usually kill innocent people. This time it was just themselves. Now the family will probably try to sue the city. I can't even feel sorry about their deaths because they did it to themselves. Period!

315 days ago


When your time is up, nothing else matters. Be it speed, or the road or the carrera GT, all these factors become irrelevant. Whatever you one does is predestined. No matter how careful or cautious you are, it will still happen. May be now one drives the same carrera GT at a higher speed over the bots nothing untoward will happen. But Paul Walker will be there in his loved ones memories.

315 days ago


Speeding killed them. Let's try and blame anything but the truth.

315 days ago


Just was wondering...wasn't there another man killed also...if so why haven't we herd more about the other guy?

315 days ago


well, if you lose traction it doesn't necessarily mean that you lost control.. something strange happened BEFORE the crash weeks ago... start searching your videos, i believe our paul has been a victim of a foul play and someone in Always Evolving set them up. Somehow they tampered the ECU to remotely turn the engine off from distance.. So Paul and Roger were told from some guys to take it for a spin and in your videos a strange white thing that looks like a drone lands on the driver's side popping Roger's head and causing fire that disappears much evidence

315 days ago


No, don't blame the Botts' Dots. They didn't kill him! It was the road; I mean it's that obvious! If he had not have driven on that concrete slab of death, then we wouldn't be having this conversation right now.

315 days ago


are we also going to blame trees in accidents?

315 days ago


are we also going to start blaming trees in accidents?

315 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web