VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A Virginia Beach woman said she wants repayment for money she spent on her car, after driving over a hole and steel box on a local highway totaled it.
Maria Brewer said the incident happened July 28. That day, Ron Watrous with the Virginia Department of Transportation told WAVY News the right two lanes of I-264 East, just past London Bridge Road, were closed after “a metal form, or mold, for a joint between the concrete road and concrete bridge broke loose from its fastenings.”
Brewer said she was driving with her 18-month-old daughter in the back seat when she noticed it.
“All of the sudden, I’m going 55 mph, and I see all these cars stopped. So, instead of hitting the cars that are stopped in the middle of the interstate, I swerved to the next lane and there was an empty hole,” Brewer said. “I ran over the hole, and up over the filler box that came out of the hole that it was supposed to be in.”
Brewer said the impact flattened some of her tires and totaled her car, just two payments before she would own it. She said that her insurance covered her for that and a rental car, but she still had to pay a $500 deductible. When her insurance tried to recover that for her, she said it was denied.
VDOT said it is not liable for that section of the road and that Curtis Contracting assumes the risk while it is working on it. A spokesman for Curtis Contracting provided this statement to WAVY.com:
On July 28, 2014, an incident occurred on I-264 eastbound between the London Bridge Road and Laskin Road exits involving an XJ-1 Joint Form that was adversely impacted and pulled onto the roadway by another vehicle. The vehicle damage claim in question was submitted to the contractor’s insurance company. The insurance company conducted an investigation of the incident and concluded that the contractor is not at fault, and subsequently is not responsible for damage incurred to the claimant’s vehicle.
WAVY News has asked Curtis Contracting who the company believes is at fault, but has not received a response.
“I feel like this is my last hope to try to get something done about it,” Brewer said. “I mean, there’s got to be something done. Somebody’s got to take some responsibility for it.”