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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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91.

Gothetshirt    

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

214 days ago
92.

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.

214 days ago
93.

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 ?

214 days ago
94.

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.

214 days ago
95.

Mark    

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

214 days ago
96.

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.

214 days ago
97.

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.

214 days ago
98.

SSinOC    

The driver was going nuts on cold tires. Plus, if they were original 2005 tires, they'd be harder now. So, no matter how good a driver, cold and possibly old tires have poor traction until warmed up, which takes a while.

214 days ago
99.

itiswutitis    

Let him rip damn u people dk when to stop

214 days ago
100.

dropped    

No tmz the "dots" didn't kill him. SPEEDING killed him.

214 days ago
101.

Brien    

Road light reflectors are not designed for sport cars traveling at high rates of speed. The family has no one to blame other then their son for driving recklessly and subsequently killing himself.

214 days ago
102.

billybob    

On that beautiful sunny day, anything was against St. Paul: the f.ucking street was not good enough for a proper race, the stupid trees just stood in the way, there was no run-off area at all (what were these stupid city planners thinking??) and no track marshals were available.
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It really looks like that a lot people didn't do their job well, so that there could be proper inner city races without those unnecessary death traps!

214 days ago
103.

nerdslogic    

I am a Paul Walker fan, but I have to disagree with this. So we are saying that the small bumps in the road "sealed his fate" and not the excessive speeds they were most likely going? What is wrong with people? That is like saying that when someone is hanged they don't die because of lack of air but because there was a double knot in the rope.

214 days ago
104.

Jessy    

My mom lives in Santa Clarita. When I initially called her trying to confirm if the death reports were true. She said they have so many weird speed bumps by them that she believes cause accidents. She said that if they'd been speeding and hit one it was probably the cause. I was like what do you mean (I'm in Chicago and haven't visited yet) and she said I'd have to see them to know what she meanr. Crazy, reading this now! R.I.P. Paul & George

214 days ago
105.

Kd    

Here's an idea. Take full responsibility and stop searching for others to blame.
Also driving over 90 mph in a business park is reckless and stupid.

214 days ago
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