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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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l Spillman    

I am 71 raced for over 50 years and learned real fast race cars on the street are like a loaded gun you never know when it will get ugly,'it happens very fast at speed.

278 days ago


we will all miss you bro!

277 days ago


Thank You Porsche .... Did a car that didn't was build for a public street and dangerous to drive for experts too, but the irisponsability of the driver (even he was a pro driver!) is fact.
No car looks so after an accident , when you drive saftey, even a sportscar.
I'm sad that P.Walker passing, he did a lot donation lovely father etc... Okay.
But why TMZ gives pages and pages of news for an died actor, and forget to pay equal attention to a Man that wins greater battles, make history and changed the path of a Nation maybe of the World against racism... No I don't talk about the annoying crying baby Kanye Kardishan...sorry... West.
I talk about Nelson Mandela.

277 days ago

Max Volksy    

Sad news for all of us :(

Max Volsky

277 days ago


@mark. First of, PAUL WAS NOT DRIVING! You idiot. If you listen to the report, it says that it could JUST be the final nail, there were other factors of course not mention. The reported did not want REITERATE THAT! to respect the family. ARE you not satisfied that he died so horribly at the hands of someone else. You seem to think that he should be blamed when he was just also a passenger. Regardless of his attitude on the road or hobby it still wasn't him in the wheel. I mean would you beat up an airline passenger for causing a plane to crash jeez, logic doesn't work for you does it. THERE WERE NO other CASUALTY either so wake from fantasy land. No one really knew what happened so I SUGGEST you stop judging people by your hypocritical standards, like you never broke any. Have some respect for the family, get an education or something.

276 days ago


Stupid Stupid Stupid unnecessary waste of productive life.... these guys were old old enough to know better and had responsible to themselves and their families...........not some two second thrill

275 days ago


Guys...please...regardless of the cir***stances, nobody deserves to die in that manner. Imagine the terror and panic...that would be hell. and the photos of the girlfriend crying a few days after? Distasteful and hurtful. These are still humans who bleed red just as we do. They deserve the same empathy, respect, and privacy. He was a gorgeous talented man who died too young. The driver was also talented when it came to exotic cars and the like. Both men will be missed by many people.

273 days ago


Paul should have known or the driver should have known....

269 days ago


not to speak ill of the dead , i loved paul walker he was a super hottie and a nice guy but if he just lived up to his last name he probably be here on earth now! but instead he went out in the blazed of glory r.i.p. stud walker now you can race with jesus and the angels now!

268 days ago


Even if the was speeding way fast over that road and even if he hit one of those botts nots things
It was not his time to go.

244 days ago
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