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tangent4ronpaul
08-19-2011, 05:00 PM
http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/commuting/bs-md-fatality-bill-20110817,0,1033731.story

Parents open letter to dead daughter, find charge for $640.17

The bill for Sarah Marie Stebbins' car crash arrived in the mail early this month. The 21-year-old Elkridge woman wasn't home to open it.

Stebbins died May 29, when she lost control of her car on Route 32 in Columbia.

It was her grieving mother, Valerie Stebbins, who opened the envelope and learned that the State of Maryland was demanding $640.71 to repair the guardrail her daughter struck.

Rocket80
08-19-2011, 05:45 PM
Who should pay for this repair?

CaptainAmerica
08-19-2011, 05:52 PM
As if they don't already pay taxes.

nobody's_hero
08-19-2011, 06:31 PM
The guardrail probably costs $50.

Add in your three weeks of labor to pay DOT and you come up with the 640.71.

Ah, who am I kidding? The DOT never finishes a project within three weeks.

Warrior_of_Freedom
08-19-2011, 06:47 PM
Wow, talking about insult to injury. I love how the state thinks if someone dies they can pass their debts onto the nearest family member.

TexanRudeBoy
08-19-2011, 07:00 PM
A spokesman for the State Highway Administration, which sent the bill, said the dunning letter was an "inexcusable" error and has been rescinded.

While the agency bills drivers for damage caused to state property in routine crashes, spokesman Charlie Gischlar said, its policy is to waive the charges when the driver is killed. Even in cases where a driver succumbs to injuries months after an accident, he said, the state refunds money already paid.

The whole story....

sparebulb
08-19-2011, 08:40 PM
A friend of mine had a relative killed by a truck that crossed the center median on an interstate highway in Illinois. Her estate was billed for $20,000 for fixing the burn spot in the asphalt shoulder.

LibForestPaul
08-19-2011, 09:53 PM
Could and how would one obtain a copy of this letter and accident report?

tangent4ronpaul
08-19-2011, 10:16 PM
A spokesman for the State Highway Administration, which sent the bill, said the dunning letter was an "inexcusable" error and has been rescinded.

While the agency bills drivers for damage caused to state property in routine crashes, spokesman Charlie Gischlar said, its policy is to waive the charges when the driver is killed. Even in cases where a driver succumbs to injuries months after an accident, he said, the state refunds money already paid.

The whole story....

Accurate - and it was a mistake. Still, they also sent a copy of the very graphic accident report to a grieving family within a week of the incident. INEXCUSABLE!

cindy25
08-19-2011, 10:25 PM
Hitler charged the families of death penalty convicts the cost of the bullets.

eduardo89
08-19-2011, 10:32 PM
Who should pay for this repair?

Her estate. After the government takes their (fair) 50% share of course.

eduardo89
08-19-2011, 10:35 PM
Hitler charged the families of death penalty convicts the cost of the bullets.

That's not true.


In China, the execution method is a bullet in the back of the head. During the early 1980s, the families of the executed were made to pay the cost of the bullet.

http://www.connexions.org/CxLibrary/Docs/CX5051-ExecutionDayinZhengzhou.htm]