March 30, 2017

ALBANY — After a heartbreaking case in Tennessee that resulted in the death of a young woman originally from Fredonia, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) has introduced legislation to ban the potentially dangerous guardrails in New York State.

In November 2016, Hannah Eimers, who was born on Sept. 11, 1999 in Fredonia, was killed in a traffic accident in Tennessee in November, 2015 when her vehicle left Interstate 75, crossed into the median and struck the guardrail. Tragically, instead of re-directing the car as it left the roadway, the guardrail penetrated the cabin of the car, killing Hannah instantly.

With the story returning to headlines recently, Hannah’s family has raised concerns because the type of guardrail she struck continues to be used across the country, despite growing safety concerns.

“Our hearts go out to the Eimers family. Words cannot begin to express our sympathies. Losing a 17-year-old child is devastating, especially in such a tragic way. When I learned about the local connection to Hannah I immediately took action to help the family bring something positive out of their loved one’s tragic passing. New York should be proactive so that a similar tragedy doesn’t occur here,” said Senator Young.

The full article can be read at the Observer.