Fatal crash victim’s mother receives bill to repair road damage

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – A Warwick mother who lost her son in a fatal crash back in 2012 just received a bill from the state to repair damages sustained in the accident.

Tina Rogers said the bill she received in the mail demanded $3,257.34 to repair a light pole and road barrier that were damaged in the severe crash that claimed her son’s life. She said it arrived at her house unannounced with “no explanation at all.”

Rogers said the letter described the details of the crash — facts she said she never wanted to learn.

“I was completely disgusted,” Rogers said. “I had to read every detail of the accident.”

Rogers said she contacted a lawyer, and said she doesn’t understand why the bill wasn’t delivered to her insurance company two years ago. She said she assumes the letter was just a mistake.

“I can’t believe the state would be that insensitive to any family,” she said.

A spokesperson for the Rhode Island Dept. of Transportation said the claims processor could not find a car insurance company on file for Joseph, and that she was unaware that he died in the crash. The RIDOT spokesperson said the agency “apologizes for any distress this letter caused.”

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