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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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Pinky Brain    

Those dudes got cooked like a couple of
Space Shuttle Astronauts.

319 days ago

Lemon Bar    

Driving a vehicle that was hard to control, made of carbon fiber, and had a fuel tank behind the passenger compartment were all contributing factors. Speed limit was only 45 and the sign post was not required to break away easily because of the lower speeds of the road.

319 days ago


He died because Rodas thought he was the Hispanic version of Michael Schumacher.

319 days ago


There talking about very expensive damage to the car that dealer do not to pay for ...not proformance

319 days ago


they are trying to blame the car, the road, the bumps in the road........ what about the fact that they were going 90 mph on a public sorry that they died, and feel great empathy for the families, but the driver was clearly careless..... a car does not hit a pole, two trees and a speed limit sign and demolish into pieces and explode into flames at 35 mph

319 days ago

Lindsay Looharn    

The wreckage is more awe-inspiring than his entire ricer movie career.

319 days ago


what they are saying is pretty much in the same line of what I was thinking happened. The car they were driving it's pretty much a race car low to the ground racing tires etc. that is built for a smooth pavement race track not a street with pot holes or dips in the road. Hitting a dip or something else at the speed could definitely make you lose it. Saying that I am also going to say all you people that are saying them driving fast and be stupid are a bunch of hypocrites. We as human beings do stupid things sometimes and I'm sure most of you saying this stuff have driven drunk on more than one occasion so what is the difference is that you didn't get caught or that you didn't get in a wreck? Well maybe next time huh? Point is it doesn't really matter at this point does it. These guys are gone and they are going to be missed

319 days ago


You know why there are no Americans in Formula 1?

Americans just can't drive.

319 days ago


That dude thought he was the Hispanic version of Sebastian Vettel.

319 days ago


it wasnt botts dotts it was rodas foot. that curve is notorious for people trying to drift on it.

319 days ago


319 days ago


At the end of the day, it was the speed, obviously - and driving this sort of car on a regular street... You would have thought they would have been wiser than that, but - hopefully it will be a lesson to others.

319 days ago


Which Celeb Do You Want To Die Next?

319 days ago


Why were the botts dots there anyway? Still stave though

319 days ago


Still strange though I meant

319 days ago
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