Teen's Family Gets Bill to Repair Damage to Guardrail She Damaged in Fatal Car Crash
The guardrail impaled the vehicle's driver side door and hit Hannah Eimers in the head and chest, her devastated family said.
It had been four months since Hannah Eimers’ family had laid her to rest when she received a bill in the mail to repair the guardrail her loved ones said was responsible for the teen's sudden death.
Hannah was killed November 1 when the 17-year-old’s car left Interstate 75 in Tennessee, traveled into the median and hit the terminal end of a guardrail, officials said.
The guardrail impaled the vehicle’s driver’s door and hit Hannah in the head and the chest, her devastated family said.
"The guardrail device failed to perform properly and penetrated Hannah's car, causing her death," Hannah's father, Stephen Eimers, wrote on Facebook.
He said that the guardrail, manufactured by the Lindsay Corporation, had been removed from the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s procurement list before his daughter’s death due to its poor performance.
InsideEdition.com has reached out to the Lindsay Corporation for comment.
“Although TDOT saw reason to ban the purchase and installation of this unit they chose to leave the existing units in place,” Eimers wrote. "TDOT CHOSE TO PLAY RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH PEOPLE'S LIVES, AND HANNAH PAID WITH HER LIFE."
Then, months after Hannah’s death, a bill addressed to the teen arrived at the family’s Loudon County home.
"TDOT actually had the audacity to send Hannah a bill for the damage to this deadly device that caused her death," Eimers wrote.
A spokeswoman for the TDOT told InsideEdition.com that the letter sent to the Eimers family was mistakenly sent due to a processing error.
A new letter has been sent to the family to apologize, to explain the error and to instruct that they should not pay the previous bill, the spokeswoman said.
The TDOT's Commissioner also has called Eimers to apologize and the TDOT has implemented measures to ensure this type of mistake does not happen again, she continued.
The TDOT announced a contract to remove and replace the guardrail terminal end that the family said is responsible for Hannah's death is being put out to bid on March 31.
The guardrail end terminals will be removed beginning later this spring, the spokeswoman said.
The guardrail end terminal at the location where Hannah Eimers was killed has already been replaced with a different product, she continued.
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