Father of Girl Killed By Defective Guardrail Buys Super Bowl Ad to Reach President Trump
March 16, 2018
The father of a 17-year-old girl who lost her life when a defective guardrail speared her vehicle during an accident recently paid $1,000 for a Super Bowl ad aimed at drawing the attention of President Trump toward this potentially deadly issue.
The 17-year-old lost her life in 2016 when she hit an X-Lite guardrail during a car accident. Instead of collapsing inward to absorb the impact, investigators say, the guardrail drove through the driver’s side door, hitting the 17-year-old in the head and chest and causing fatal injuries.
At least 13 deaths across the country have been linked to the X-Lite guardrails in several different states. Nevertheless, federal regulators have been slow to respond to the problem by removing the guardrails or setting up replacements, say the families of those killed.
Lindsay Transportation Services, makers of the X-Lite, told CBS News that the guardrail “has successfully passed crash and safety tests in accordance with federal standards.”
According to lawsuits filed in several cases, there are over 14,000 of the potentially defective guardrails on roadways throughout the United States. A number of states have begun removing the X-Lite guardrails.
The 17-year-old’s father focused his advertising on West Palm Beach, hoping that Trump would be watching the Super Bowl from his Mar-a-Lago resort. He reported feeling frustrated at how the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) was responding to the X-Lite problem and hoped that catching the President’s attention with an ad would help speed efforts to address the issue.
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