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 Posted: Aug 25 2011, 05:14 PM
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COLUMBIA, Md. (UPI) -- The parents of a woman who died in a car crash in Columbia, Md., received a bill from the state charging them for repairs to a guardrail, officials say.

Sarah Marie Stebbins, 21, died May 29 when she lost control of her car and hit a guardrail, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Her mother, Valerie Stebbins, received a letter asking for $640.71 for damage to the guardrail.

"We stopped at the mailbox on the way out, and all of a sudden she breaks down," Tom Stebbins, Sarah's father, said. I was mortified, not so much that they sent the bill -- it is what it is -- but they sent us a copy of the accident report.

The bill included a warning of delinquency.

"Invoices are considered delinquent if not paid within 30 days of the invoice date. Delinquent invoices may be reported to credit reporting bureaus. Invoices referred to the Maryland Central Collection Unit will be charged an additional collection fee of 17 percent on unpaid balances as per Maryland law."

State Highway Administration said sending the bill was an "inexcusable" error and had been rescinded. The agency regularly bills drivers who cause damage to state property, though they waive charges if the driver is killed.

"We will assure this doesn't happen again," said State Highway Administration spokesman Charlie Gischlar. We are going to triple- and quadruple-check before anything goes out.

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 Posted: Aug 30 2011, 03:29 PM
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Glad they rescinded.
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