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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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I still say something fishy is going on

319 days ago

Ebony L    

Rip To Him. Checkout thegrandreport, they have some good viral videos on there

319 days ago


I agree.

319 days ago


Hydroplaned refers to water on a surface. I know you are writing for an audience with an 8th grade equivalent education but that does not give you the right to refuse to come up with the proper term.

319 days ago


OMG how long are we going to drag this out with every possible excuse ... speed kills

319 days ago

The Zombie    

That makes sense to me. The car wasn't made for going over bumps. I could drive any one of my cars 100mph over those and be fine, but we already know that car was made for a race track. None of that changes the fact that if they weren't speeding, it wouldn't have happened at all.

319 days ago


As we race car drivers say:

Better dead than slow.

319 days ago


Why is everybody glorifying a pedofile? What was 33 old doing with a 16 year old? Would he let his 15 daughter date somebody in his thirties ? Yhea right. I don't respect this s*** of a man!!!

319 days ago


Help ....this is the story that will not go away. The real story is they were speeding in a car that is very dangerous to drive, they crashed, the car blew up and they were killed. End of story.

319 days ago


If anyone files a lawsuit I'm going to throw up.

319 days ago


Whatever the case ..let him RIP

319 days ago


SPEEDING is what killed them! No matter anything else, IF they had NOT been speeding they would have survived this! The excessive speed is what caused the crash, end of story. The family needs to get over it and realize this. They did NOT have to die, the stupidity of the driver speeding caused the accident.

319 days ago


I own a Carrera GT and not once have I lost control........on Forza 4

319 days ago


You are a ****ed up loser. Paul Walker took care of his family, started a charity to help victims of natural disasters, which he took EMT classes for, adopted homeless animals, fostered homeless animals, and that had nothing to do with his celebrity status. People like you are either jealous, sociopathic, ( you may need to look up that big word) or you hate something inside yourself and it makes you feel better to say untrue hurtful things about others. unfortunately in this country sometimes the only way to get justice or answers is to file a lawsuit. lawsuits aren't always about money. read some facts before you post your bull**** again. you wanna hold other level of sick to think it's funny for someone to burn to death. As a nurse, I can promise that he was unconscious and passed away and never felt the fire. So people like you can go about sitting on your ass all day playing video games and being a loser while people like Paul Walker make a difference in the world

319 days ago


He was a PEDOFILE... it is not about an age gap it is about a maturity gap!!! Would you let your 16 old kid date somebody in their 30? If you would you are... TRASH...

319 days ago
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