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Paul Walker

Family Believes Road Bumps Sealed His Fate

12/11/2013 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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.

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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.)."

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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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669 COMMENTS

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76.

Vote2012    

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.

130 days ago
77.

Bob    

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

130 days ago
78.

Paulina82    

Whatever the case ..let him RIP

130 days ago
79.

ifarted    

Who gives a crap about some dirty pedophile who promotes drag racing and goons? No wait Tmz and this pedophiles useless fans do. He was killed because he and his idiot friend were speeding. I it was a normal person then everyone would be raging about that person. Not with precious little crispy Paul Walker. I hope he suffered in that fire. Disgusting pedophile

130 days ago
80.

INTHEZONE    

bumps are really really a poor excuse when they were driving more than twice the speed limit

130 days ago
81.

Jay    

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.

130 days ago
82.

LevinHarvey    

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

130 days ago
83.

kme    

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

130 days ago
84.

Ivanna     

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...

130 days ago
85.

Bill    

It's not the dot's fault!

130 days ago
86.

Observer    

ENOUGH!

I'll come back when your done 'Splattering' the pages with any possible Paul Walker piece for any little reason.

LET

IT

REST

LET

US ALL

REST

130 days ago
87.

Jackie    

Duh!...They should accept that it was the speeding than being in denial.

130 days ago
88.

Glenda     

How about speed and reckless driving on a public street being why he and his friend are now dead huh? why is it there's alway blame on something other than the person's responsible for their own death.

130 days ago
89.

Mark    

The expert says the car would lose control on dots at 90mph ! It takes a Porsche Gt 277 feet to stop at 100 mph, so lower that to 235 feet to reflect 90 mph . Now go to google maps and see if they had stopping distance! They didnt! Hence there were other cars on the road ( video), these people were in a danger zone caused by a show boating Porsche. Thats who should be sueing here, there intended victims of this speed crime who were fortunate enough not to be involved. Thank god there wasnt a pedestian or a child on the sidewalk. By the way its a 35 zone, the parts of the Porsche are wide spread around the car crash site. There is no doubt that 35 wasnt being followed. As for the bumps/dots, maybe if the car wasnt drifting the turn prior, it would have been in one lane and not tangled in two. Again, where is the consideration for other drivers and pedestrians in there actions? Had they killed a child on the sidewalk that day, would all these idiots still stand by him, I wonder.

130 days ago
90.

Kelly     

Road bumps, yeah, that's the ticket...

130 days ago
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