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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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659 COMMENTS

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76.

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...

280 days ago
77.

Bill    

It's not the dot's fault!

280 days ago
78.

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

280 days ago
79.

Jackie    

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

280 days ago
80.

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.

280 days ago
81.

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.

280 days ago
82.

Kelly    

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

280 days ago
83.

Thunder40356    

I can't believe how heartless and cruel some of you so called human beings are and now that the man is gone your going to post he dated 16 year olds and all that stupid crap and knowing his kid can see all this crap Well I hope your obit says what kinda piece of sh"" you are and how you just sit in mommy and daddy's house playing video games and playing with yourself and how your a total waste of space

280 days ago
84.

Gothetshirt    

Millions of cars drive over those speed bumps and don't crash. The car was not street worthy.

280 days ago
85.

Alyssa    

The car shouldn't have been street legal. The driver shouldn't have been going 90 on a public street. There's the I-5 less than a mile from the crash site, if they wanted to test out speed, go over ther where everyone else is going 75+. Lots of fails in this situation.

280 days ago
86.

nipples mugee    

Ok TMZ, tired of the same crap day after day, lets hear about something else. Live by the sword , die by the sword. What ever happened to the rapper that walked all over the American flag ?

There were 2670 deaths so far this year on Texas roads, why are they less important then this dude ?

280 days ago
87.

Spike N LB    

Cue the lawyers to sue the City for installing such dangerous road bumps. Apparently speeding on a public street had nothing to do with the crash.

280 days ago
88.

Mark    

We have similar road dots in Canada. Due to snow plows, ours are cut into the road making them flush with surface.

280 days ago
89.

Ann    

The only reason this people are dead is because they were speeding. Plain and simple. If someone sues the maker of the dots, I hope they lose.

280 days ago
90.

Gillie Robbins    

Our days are numbered. There is nothing you can do about it. Maybe the accident will BAN the car. But as far as speed or whether or not he should of gotten into the car... It was their time to go. RIP Paul Walker/Roger Rodas.

280 days ago
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