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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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No, SPEEDING on a public road killed him. Stupidity killed him. Arrogance killed him. Disrespect for the law and safety of others killed him. This is just denial and transfer of responsibility. Like a burglar blaming his crimes on his drug habit. Live by the sword, die by it.

131 days ago


Road bumps really!! Face hard facts speeding on a public street sealed their fate period...Stop trying to blame something else but the driver!!

131 days ago


The only person to blame is the DRIVER! It is not the cars fault and it is not the roads fault.

131 days ago

Seth Miller    

Here is my comment 7 days ago.

If you notice, the speed limit on the road was increased since the Google image. The image taken by Google street view (Dec 2011) says 35 mph while the speed limit on the pole that was knocked over was 45 mph. Should the speed limit have been increased right before a turn with a posted speed limit of 15 mph only a block away? I also noticed in street view that the road did not have any painted lines however did have reflectors that outlined the lanes on Hercules street. With the car being so low and initial reports of speed being a factor, could the car have lost control while coming around the uphill right-handed turn because of the reflectors?

131 days ago


Bullcarp! botts dots my @$! How about blaming stupidity and negligence with a law breaking involved? Driving recklessly on public streets that were not designed as a fast and furious racetrack.

I'd love to see these clowns try to sue the city and getting laughed off the court room.

131 days ago


So essentially we're left with the same cause of the accident: excessive speed.

131 days ago


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

131 days ago


Note; Botts Dots are perfectly benign at 45 mph.

131 days ago


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

131 days ago

2 fly 4 tmz    


131 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.

131 days ago


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

131 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

131 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.

131 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

131 days ago
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