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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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106.

amanda    

seriously, i had never even heard of this guy before he died. now it's all i see on tmz. a life lost is very sad. there are many other lives lost without the speeding stupidity and it's getting very old and even more sad. why is his life any more valuable than any other, say a victim of a drunk driver or something? just because he's famous? really?

233 days ago
107.

Ann    

I'm waiting for TMZ to say he was burned to a crisp. That seems to be the only cliche TMZ hasn't used in these Paul Walker stories.

233 days ago
108.

joseph ryan    

i think it crazy i love his fast and the ferious movie and crap but this shouldnt happen to him he never did nothing wrong

233 days ago
109.

KicksandGiggles    

This sounds like some lawyers sniffing around for some blame and whispering in the family's ear. I hope they ignore the greedy lying lawyers, and grieve their loved one in peace and dignity. Probably the same group keeping MJ's mother still in the courtroom.

233 days ago
110.

Purrrfect    

OMG! Blame it on the safety bumps? How about the speeding? What if there were pedestrians walking along? I understand people sympathizing with the death of these men but they killed themselves by breaking the law. Enough already! This was suicide period!

233 days ago
111.

jessssc    

Yep, safety bumps. And the fact they were SPEEDING!!!!!!!!!

233 days ago
112.

Bellabryanna    

Paul was an amazing actor, and roger rodas was also admired by many, 2 kids lost there fathers, which is extremely awful any way you slice it. Senseless and tragic. RIP to both men.

233 days ago
113.

Bangbg    

Anyone who drives a vehicle with more or less a race car suspension and wide rubber on it (12" or more) in southern California is aware of how Botts Dots adversely affect the handling of a car. They are treacherous, especially when wet conditions are present. As professional drivers these guys should have used better discretion if this actually turns out is the cause; as a rule most professional drivers drive very conservatively on the street, knowing the unlimited surprise challenges that can arise at high speeds.

233 days ago
114.

cat    

of course it isn't any fault of the driver right? speed bumps are for those that feel the need NOT to follow speed limits etc.etc.

233 days ago
115.

FUT THE SHUCK UP    

WHO THE HELL CARES ANYMORE?

233 days ago
116.

tony    

Doing 90 mph in a 45 is what caused this crash. I bet if he was doing 45 and ran over them he would not have hydroplaned!

233 days ago
117.

ray Luchi     

fing californias a pos why thef do they have those stupid bum,mps all over the road i never could figure it out ,ya hit em at 35 mph and it makes yr car wobble and almost blows yr tires its bs fing retarted gov of calif s trying to kill off people they need to lobby and get em ALLLL removed ive driven on them and their miserable

233 days ago
118.

ccc    

Bott dots whatever.. Still the Key word here is "Speed" 90mph estimated by there experts. Speed is what killed them.

233 days ago
119.

michael    

I agree with Chuck sure these dots may have been a factor but he shouldn't have gotten in a car with a guy who was speeding and if he did he should have told the guy to slow down its time people stop making excuses and time to take some personal responsibility when it comes to their actions its tragic that two people had to die but when you choose the action that you choose the consequences R.I.P Paul Walker

233 days ago
120.

Marty    

Funny how everything and everyone is to blame with the exception of the people in thew car that were speeding. Let's get real they have no one to blame except themselves and speed.

233 days ago
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