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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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Racecars are for race tracks!! End of story!

286 days ago

ray Luchi     

bs those bumps ive driven on at 35 mph and it makes yr car almost run off the road calif a guyyyyy fing place to even have these fing things on the road at all remove em bastrds their unsafe even at the speed limit

286 days ago


Once again transferring blame where it doesn't belong. If the driver had not been speeding the bumps wouldnot have been an issue. Speed killed them, nothing else.

286 days ago

D cresswell    

Paul Walker died as the result of a high speed car crash. The car was being driven at speeds of a least twice the legal limit. Mr. Walker entered the car knowing that it was going to be driven in a reckless manner. Mr. Walker's death was the result of his own carelessness. The crash was caused by reckless behavior.

286 days ago

Joe Gardener    

Paul Walker's last movie....

"The Tree Always Wins"

286 days ago

ray Luchi     

wtf does calif install all the retareted bumps on th eroads when any other fing normal state just paints lines and has rumble stikcs on the out sides ????its the gayyyyyest thing ive ecver seen in my life its a sad for holly wood when a top actor and great human being is lost to their stupid little dumb bumps in the road we should alll lobby get the great state of calif in sacremento aka cebntral valley to remove the bastrds , even at a normal speed limit its dangerous as hell ,ya change lanes and it rattles yr tires and suspensiono i asky what god given fing reason would you wnat a bunch of bumps on som lane change ?????its retarted as hell

286 days ago


Speed...if he had been going the speed limit, this probably wouldn't have happened. Trying to find someone to blame is just wrong. Whoever was driving the car is at fault. Praying for the families and friends of BOTH men.

286 days ago


The moron SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN DOING 100mph ON A PUBLIC STREET. That's why they are dead. Stop looking for something else to blame already.

286 days ago


I ride fast motorcycles I have found out a long time ago that the street is not a race track

286 days ago


I have found out a long time ago "the street is not a race track"

286 days ago

Tongue tied purple    

Paul Walker...cheese and rice guy, is he still* dead?

286 days ago


Roger Rodas sealed Paul's fate when he drove like some teen punk in his Dads Porsche.
Roger Rodas is just another Nick Hogan. Except Rodas ended his life also. Too bad Nick Hogan didn't die also.
F*uck Rodas!

286 days ago


Sue the city for road bumps cos they won't let people speed properly. Duh…. drool.

286 days ago


Hypocrites! You all say shame on TMZ for posting but you are reading. Simple supply and demand. Stop reading/commenting if you don't approve.

286 days ago


speeeeed killed him

286 days ago
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