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A small town in suburban St. Louis closed one of its main roads this weekend over insurance concerns.

Township officials in Augusta, Mo., placed barricades at the entrance to Augusta Bottom Road on Sunday because the town's new insurance carrier refused to provide coverage for the road. The road connects Augusta with the nearby town of Washington.

"I don't think anybody is happy about having to close the road, but when you don't have any liability insurance, if you get sued again, you have no coverage," St. Charles County attorney Mark Piontek told the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

The closure stems from a settlement in a lawsuit filed over the death of 16-year-old girl who was killed in an accident on the road, also known as the Augusta Parkway, on Oct. 23, 2010. Ella Neier was killed when her car ran off the road and overturned in a lake.

Neier had just crossed a paved portion of the road in St. Charles County and onto a gravel portion in Warren County when the accident occurred, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The closure is indefinite, and complicated by the fact St. Charles County has placed barricades at both ends of the road – one side being in another jurisdiction. It's not the first time Augusta Bottom Road has created problems.

About 700 vehicles use the road daily, according to the newspaper.


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      justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      its sad the girl died but no one takes responsibility for their actions anymore in this country
      uncommonsensesc
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did I understand correctly in that the teenage driver lost control of the car and that's actually what caused the accident and her death? What is up with the parents suing the town? And what idiot awarded them money for their daughter being a bad driver??
      ric29292
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is what happens when 1 stupid family sues instead of taking responsibly for there child ignorance
      zapdog4
      • 1 Year Ago
      Typical over reaction of false Hype in America. WHY did she crash..?? Her speed? Her inability to control her own vehicle? Cell phone use? 700 vehicles a day use this road (255,500 per year), and yet one or two accidents annually? This does not indicate an unsafe road, but indicates unsafe, inattentive, or inexperienced Drivers. Sadly, in America circa 2013, no one is expected to exhibit Personal Responsibility, and everyone/everything else is to blame, so someone can sue for their Payday. We have laws to prohibit all manner of bad driving save for Driving whiel Stupid.
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, because someone didn't know how to properly control their vehicle, everyone in that area is punished. Sounds like the new American way.
      bytebroker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Attorneys and insurance companies are ruining our way of life
        Diane
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bytebroker
        Yes, but they can only operate if they are representing someone who is blaming others for their situation!
        mitch
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bytebroker
        you forgot obama.
      Kay
      • 1 Year Ago
      I used to live on a black top road that was called "spite road" by the township officials because when the first half mile was put in they had money to do just that, one half mile somewhere in the township. Some of the officials wanted it in one place and to spite some they put it in our road. The second half mile wasn't completed until about 10 years later. By that time the first half mile was patched and repatched many times over so that it was very ruff driving. A young lady who lived about 11/2 miles away decided to go down our road from the good section to the bad. She was speeding, hit the rough part of the road, lost control and ended up rolling her car many times and being killed. At that time seat belts were not required so she ended up bouncing around in the car as it left the road and rolled into the ditch and over into a field. To this day that section of road is still rough to drive on but because of how it was put in, it will never be fixed properly.
      • 1 Year Ago
      For all the folks blindly blaming the girl as if it were all her fault, stop and think about this for a minute. Unless you all were there or live there, nobody really knows what happened. What if the transition from pavement to gravel was not marked to say slow down, then who's fault would it be? This article clearly does not give all the details. All you keyboard detectives need to go do some research before randomly placing blame on ONE SINGLE PERSON!
        Bernie
        • 1 Year Ago
        http://www.emissourian.com/news/top_stories/article_b241a804-debd-11df-911b-001cc4c03286.html You apparently missed this "random" article which describes the initial investigative theory and states that it appears that she was not wearing a seat belt which would account for her inability to recover control of the car from the initial veering to the right… If she was bouncing around in the seat she would not have been able to control her feet which would have made it difficult to move her foot from the accelerator to the brake and that would account for the fact that no one reported seeing any skid marks…. just a couple of small ruts leading directly into the water. Sounds like she wound up frantically wrenching the wheel to the left and drove straight into the lake without having braked at all. Enough details???…
        • 1 Year Ago
        While your "keyboard detecting" may seem to be more effective than some of the other people's, it's also worth noting that this inexperienced driver was not a stranger who wandered into unfamiliar territory. This was a road that she used frequently enough to visit a friend that everyone knew which route she would have taken. So while a visitor from the big city might not be smart enough to know this specific road or even the art of driving on gravel, this girl certainly should have. Which is why this makes it an operator error, an accident based on inexperience, not something that merits suing the local government for. What a terrific lesson to teach their other children, though. Irresponsibility; it's the New American way.
          traindude99
          • 1 Year Ago
          Why are you citing a "visitor from the big city?" Do you have something against people who live in cities? Many people who live in cities use public transportation. According to the National Safety Council Report "Injury Facts, 2012," the rates of fatalities among public transportation users is much lower than those who drive.
          • 1 Year Ago
          I cited the "visitor from the big city" because I'm a transplant from one myself, and there is a big difference between driving on pavement and driving on gravel, and anyone arrogant to think there isn't probably should stick to public transportation in their urban paradise.
        • 1 Year Ago
        It is that "one single person" and her money-hungry family that has resulted in the closure of this road, so "placing blame on one single person" is not "random" at all, it's actually quite precise. A 16 year old driver being killed in a car crash is rarely anyone's fault but the driver themselves, largely due to lack of inexperience. To try to place blame on the road is the ridiculous part. And then the insurance company settles? Incredible, the ridiculously litigious society that we live in. I think you're the one that needs to step back and see the situation more clearly. This girl and her money-hungry family deserve 100% of the blame, and the people that need to use the road have now become the victims here.
          • 1 Year Ago
          I was Road Commissioner in Ill. for 10 years and when you have a Paved road changing to Gravel OR Vice Versa ,You have to place SIGNS stating so to warn Drivers whether they have used the road or not before . That has NOTHING to do with the wreck ! I got sued once when a DRUNK kid hit a gravel pile on one of my roads and he ran OVER one of my warning signs ! Didn't matter !!
      hoggwldreptile
      • 1 Year Ago
      To the parents, "There is no way it can be just an accident OR that their teen driver could have been negligent?" There is no money in that. Parents never think, hey, maybe my kid was just driving too fast, texting, changing the radio station, sun got in their eyes....nope, it has to be the road's fault because there is money to be made on a dead teen. Pretty sickening.
        mm3264
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hoggwldreptile
        You pay taxes to the county to provide safe roads. The county has a responsibility to provide it. even the insurance companies see that the county doesn't care, therefore they will not take the responsibility for them.
      deerhaven1958
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where are the "GUARDRAILS" on this road, ARE there any........they have had trouble with this road......FIX THE DAMN TROUBLE, and people need to quit bashing this 16 year old, she didn't have 40 plus years driving expertise under her belt.......none of us did at the age of 16, who can honestly say she was tired and coming home from a party, were you there with her.......God bless this child, and prayers out to her family.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @deerhaven1958
        If she didn't have 40 years of driving experience and the road was that bad, what was she doing on it? Why hadn't her family forbade her from driving on it late at night? She was a victim of her own experience, not a victim of the road. Her death is tragic, but that is why they're called accidents. It happened. She overcorrected and landed upside down in a pond (how fast would you have to be going to flip a car upside down I wonder).
      Mary
      • 1 Year Ago
      Have the PEOPLE SIGN a Waver Stating that THEY are TOTALLY Responsible for Driving on the Road !!!! If THEY WILL NOT SIGN IT THEN THEY ARE TRESPASSING - SUBJECT TO JAIL TIME !!!!!!!!!!!! IF THEY DON'T SIGN IT THEN STAY OFF THE DAMN ROAD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      swhitmon
      • 1 Year Ago
      All over this country, municipalities are tearing up paved roads and making them gravel because they can't afford to maintain them. Since it's a fact that gravel roads are more dangerous to drive on, it's no wonder that an insurance company won't insure it.
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