In a recent press interview, Stephen Eimers, the father of 17-year-old Hannah Eimers, the teen who died in a terrible car accident last year near Niota, told the reporters that the Tennessee Department of Transportation send a letter in which he was informed that his deceased daughter owed the state approximately $3,000 for the repair of the guardrail that killed her.
As baffling as it would might sound, last year, TDOT billed a girl killed in a terrible accident for the repair of the construction which ultimately killed her. After Stephen Eimers had contacted the state agency, a representative informed him that the letter was a mistake and that TDOT extends its sincere apologies for this unfortunate mix-up.
For those of you who do not know about the accident, last year, in October, 17-year-odl Hannah Eimers was driving her father’s vehicle, a black Honda, on I-75. The police report stated that Miss Eimers was just about to reach the town of Niota when she suddenly lost control of her car. To this day, the reason why the teenager crashed her father’s car remains unknown.
After losing control of the car, Hannah Eimers went into the median section of the road and crashed into one of the guardrails. According to Mr. Eimers’s statements, the guardrails located on the median are poorly designed, since they are not able to properly absorb the force of the impact, especially at high speeds.
At the moment of the collision, one of the metal rails broke loose and impaled the 17-year-old teenager in her chest and head. Unfortunately, the paramedics could not save the young woman’s life, declaring that the force of the impact killed her on the spot.
Oddly enough, a few weeks after Hannah’s funeral, the Tennessee Department of Transportation declared during a press statement that they will begin replacing the Lindsay X-LITE guardrails, the very same construction that killed young Hannah.
TDOT labeled them as being poorly designed and not sturdy enough to absorb the impact of a high-speed crash. Months later, the teen’s father received the bill from TDOT. Upon opening the later, Mr. Eimers saw that his deceased daughter owed TDOT no more and no less than $3,000, which covered the cost of repairing the damaged guardrail.
Of course, the father contacted TDOT and told them that the bill is outrageous and that he will not pay. A TDOT spokesperson told Hannah’s father that there’s been a mistake and that he doesn’t own the agency anything.
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