Paul Walker left behind a grieving family who may be placing the blame for the crash that took his life on road bumps. According to reports, the family is investigating the placement of road markers known as ‘Botts’ Dots’ on the road where the fiery crash that ended Walker’s life took place. Stunt experts say that the markers, used to separate lanes of traffic, in combination with a high rate of speed could have caused the 2005 Porsche Carrerra GT that Walker and driver, Roger Rodas, were traveling in to react in a way similar to the way a vehicle might hydroplane when hitting a patch of ice.
Reports following the crash have indicated that the vehicle was likely traveling in excess of 90 mph at the time of the crash. Another contributing factor to this hydroplaning reaction may have been the special racing tires with which the car was outfitted. The tires are said to have had very little tread. Since the deadly accident that took the lives of Walker and Rodas, information has also come out that automobile experts have long voiced concerns about the Porsche Carrera GT involved and its suitability for the road due to it’s extremely light frame combined with an extremely powerful engine. When combined, these factors may be adding fuel to the fire for Walker’s family to blame the road bumps as a cause for the fatal crash.
Walker will be laid to rest in Los Angeles this weekend. His father, Paul Walker, Sr., and brother, Cody have reportedly planned a small, private ceremony to include only close friends, family and colleagues of the ill-fated star. The ceremony is apparently being kept small out of respect, in part, to Walker’s fifteen-year old daughter, Meadow. Little has been seen or heard from Walker’s daughter since his tragic passing, though sources report that she is doing as well as can be expected for a young girl who has just lost her father.
Fans have already been expressing their grief over the actor’s death and extending well wishes to those he left behind. They will no doubt continue to do so and wish to pay their respects as he is laid to rest this weekend. Earlier this week hundreds of fans, most on motorcycles or driving muscle cars formed a procession through the area where the deadly crash took place. Some gathered near the crash site to collectively grieve while others added their names to the enormous canvas banner featuring pictures of Walker and Rodas. Some in attendance said it was not only an opportunity to grieve as part of a community but also an opportunity to show off their vehicles, many of which had been inspired by Walker’s role in the Fast and Furious movie franchise. Still others said this was a wake up call as to the reality of the danger that is associated with their hobby as car enthusiasts.
Walker and Rodas were both pronounced dead at the scene of the Nov. 30 crash. Autopsy results showed that both men died from a combination of traumatic and thermal injuries. A definitive explanation as to what caused the vehicle to go out of control has not yet been offered, time will tell if Walker’s family is on the right track in reportedly blaming the road bumps as the cause of the fatal crash.
By Michele Wessel