Woman complains she lost leg, PennDOT sent bill

PITTSBURGH - October 20, 2010

Twenty-seven-year-old Marzena Mulawka says a tractor trailer struck her car, causing the crash on a snowy stretch of Interstate 80 in western Pennsylvania in January. The Illinois native lost her right leg below the knee and suffered other serious injuries.

But Mulawka says PennDOT added insult to injury in August when it sent her a $2,500 bill for the damaged guardrail. She responded with an e-mail detailing the crash, her injuries and recovery in Tennessee.

Transportation department spokesman Rich Kirkpatrick tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that PennDOT typically waives such bills in the case of serious injury or death. He says the department is reviewing the bill.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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