“TDOT bills dead teen $3,000 following crash,” Knoxville WLTV 8
March 24, 2017
LOUDON COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Loudon County father who lost his daughter in a car crash said she would be alive today if it wasn't for the guardrail she hit.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation acknowledged the guardrails are unsafe and has started to correct the problem.
Hannah Eimers was just 17 years old and had her whole life ahead of her.
"She was remarkable," her father Stephen said. "She graduated at the age of 15. She was self-taught German, Russian and American Sign Language."
Her life ended last November on Interstate 75 near Niota when her car left the roadway and hit a guardrail. Her dad said the yellow and black piece on the end of the guardrail isn't safe, and TDOT knows it.
"TDOT knew this was dangerous and that it wasn't performing well," he said. "They should have removed it, but their policy was to leave it on the road, playing Russian roulette with people's lives."