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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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Hey if the botts dots cause you to lose control of car at high speeds don't go at high speed.

286 days ago


Note; Botts Dots are perfectly benign at 45 mph.

286 days ago


Why do they always try to blame something or someone other than the person at fault. The driver.

286 days ago


Racing tires are slicks, which put more rubber on the road, not less. The so-called "treads", or grooves , on tires are to channel away water. Race cars use tires with grooves only when it's wet. Otherwise, the tires have no grooves. For street use, the grooves would be minimal on a "racing" tire in order to meet safety specs.

286 days ago


That car sounds like a really expensive pain in the azz !

286 days ago


Ok its a tragedy he was a good person and a sad loss but its been almost two weeks no other news network is still talking about this get off of it already and let his family grieve without throwing it in their faces every two minutes

286 days ago

Kev the Realist    

What killed him was simple. Speed and showboating. You don't drive a race car on a city street. Fortunately nobody else was killed. This is just 2 guys doing something stupid that people and kids do evereyday. Will anybody learn from this, probably not and that is sad.

286 days ago

paul a.    

Thats like blaming an drunk driving fatality on the brand of vodka he/she was drinking......
they were SPEEDING on a public road which is full of imperfections.
They were looking for trouble and found some

286 days ago


What caused the accident wasn't "bots dots" it was an idiot approaching 90 on a city street... Sorry they lost their lives, but it was nobody's fault but their own, at least they didn't kill someone else in the process!

286 days ago


All should calm down. The car driver was Roger Rodas. HE drove the car with speed excess. Through his fault the actor of PW was lost. Many of you will forget about this tragedy soon. Only in memory of a family and the daughter of PW will be always.
PW didn't want that it remembered only as actor of The Fast and the Furious. But and it happened. His friends and family have to take care of that to remove the do***entary film about his hobby for sports, the ocean and ROWW. It will be kind memory for his daughter and fans

286 days ago


Paul Walker had a history of reckless behaviors that were selfish and likely could have killed others. In addition to dating teenage girls, the man was an unlicensed driver who got ticketed for texting and driving. Perhaps not a big deal until you consider that he almost died in 2008 because he hit a car because – you guess it, someone was texting and driving.

History of Reckless Driving

July 3, 2008 Walker almost died after smashing into the back of a car on his motor cycle.

On July 29, 2008 ( same month!), Walker was cited for being an unlicensed motorcycle driver, along
with having no proof of insurance. He failed to appear at a court
appearance and ultimately paid a $757.00 fine the next year. (Reported

In separate incidents, Walker was also cited for a failure to stop and texting while driving in 2011. .

Folks, the man was no saint. We should be concerned about how he dated these teenage girls and how he had zero respect for the lives of others when driving.

286 days ago


Pretty sure it had to do with a tree and 600+ HP car drive by a race car driver on city streets with a hotdog in the passenger seat. What next? They swirved for a ****roach!

286 days ago

Muamar Gaddafi    

Thank you Road Bumps for removing these 2 reckless wannabe race drivers from the streets.

America is a safer place now, because of these road bumps.

286 days ago


"control is further compromised by the fact that the Porsche was outfitted with special racing tires that have very little tread."

That is absurd. Unless it was raining or snowing, R compound tires would have more traction on a paved surface, period. The rubber is stickier and there is more surface area in contact with the road.

286 days ago

Jamey Hunter    

Enough about this guy. Every day, multiple stories. It's over, let it go.

286 days ago
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