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A Tennessee teen who died in a wreck was billed for a broken guardrail

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Steve Eimers knew something was wrong when he received an envelope from the Tennessee Department of Transportation that was addressed to his daughter who died nearly four months prior. 

The letter said that Hannah Eimers was at fault for a fatal crash that took place in November and that she owed the state $3,000 to install a new guardrail end terminal and have it inspected. 

"They had the audacity to send us a bill in her name for $3,000 for killing her," Steve Eimers told CBS affiliate WVLT

TDOT said the 17-year-old was killed when her car left Interstate 75, traveled into the median and the driver's side hit the end of the guardrail. Highway patrol concluded that the guardrail hit the teen in the head and chest. 

"TDOT knew this [the guardrail] was dangerous and that it wasn't performing well,"  Steve Eimers told WVLT. "They should have removed it, but their policy was to leave it on the road, playing Russian roulette with people's lives." 

Mark Nagi, a spokesman for TDOT, told The Washington Post that the Lindsay X-Lite terminal was removed from the state's list of qualified products just before Hannah Eimers died. 

TDOT told WVLT that there are still about 1,000 similar end pieces on Tennessee roads and it will likely take until early summer to replace them all. 

Nagi added that Steve Eimers should have never received a bill and that the letter was sent "due to an error in processing." 

"A new letter has been sent to the family to apologize, to explain the error, and instruct that there is no billing," Nagi told The Washington Post.

“TDOT greatly apologizes for this mistake. There is no excuse for the letter/bill that was sent, and we will take measures to make sure that this never happens again.”

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