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March 29, 2017
Charles William Chuck Schaefer, Jr., 91, of North Beach passed away March 25, 2017 in Washington, D.C. He was born November 26, 1925 in New York City and was raised in Queens, later moving with his family to Virginia. He attended public schools and worked on the family farm and business, Schaefer s Market. He entered the USMC February 23, 1944, serving during World War II until his discharge July 26, 1946 as a Corporal. Chuck married Virginia Lee Brady on February 20, 1958 and they lived in Virginia and North Beach, moving there permanently in 1958. He was employed as a warehouseman at the American Hospital Supply in Washington, D.C., and later as a security guard at Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant. He was also employed as a supervisor of contract janitorial workers at the Navy Research Lab in Chesapeake Beach. He was a member of North Beach Union Church and Bayside Baptist Church. In his leisure time Chuck enjoyed bowling, attending church activities and animals, especially his dogs Belle and Oliver. Chuck is survived by his wife Virginia Lee Schaefer, a daughter Evelyn Joy Jenkins of Virginia, a grandson David Miller of Virginia, and brothers William J. Schaefer and wife Helen of Ft. Washington, MD and Thomas G. Schaefer and wife Daisy of Florida. Time of Service: 3/31/2017 11:30 AM
Service Location: Rausch Funeral Home Owings
Hannah Eimers was killed when a Lindsay X-LITE impaled her car, striking her in the head and chest. (Photo: WBIR)
At least four people in Tennessee have been killed in crashes involving a controversial model of guardrail endcap since 2016, per state records. At the center of this controversy is the Lindsay X-LITE guardrail terminal, which TDOT removed from their approved list of devices back in October 2016, citing “concerns about potential long-term performance issues” when struck at speeds greater than 45 mph. Guardrail terminals are designed to redirect the end of the rail away from cars in the event of a crash. However, some are raising concerns that thousands of devices installed on Tennessee roads can malfunction, skewering the car.
Questions of the X-LITE s safety came to light after Hannah Eimers struck one in the early morning hours of Nov. 1. The 17-year-old was driving along I-75 North in McMinn County when her vehicle left the road. The guard rail impaled the car, striking Eimers in the head and chest. She died instantly, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol crash report.
The bill Hannah’s parents recieved after her death, for the damage to the guard rail on I-75 in McMinn Co. (Photo: WBIR)
“That bill was tasteless,” Stephen Eimers said. “But the real travesty is that TDOT knew that they had a dangerous device on the road. They left it in place and it killed my daughter. And those devices are still on this road today.”
Hannah’s father, Stephen Eimers, recieved a bill for nearly $3000 from TDOT following his daugher’s fatal crash. (Photo: WBIR)
TDOT has apologized for the “processing error,” and said the family does not need to pay the bill. Stephen Eimers told 10News has is now represented by the law firm Cohen Milstein and is considering legal action.
The department estimates about 1,000 Lindsay X-LITEs are installed statewide. At least 3 other people have been killed in crashes where the X-Lite penetrated their vehicle in the last 15 months, according to TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi and data from the Tennessee Department of Homeland Safety and Security. On June 29, 2016, two people were killed on I-40 E in Cumberland County after an X-LITE penetrated their vehicle.
On July 2, 2016, one person was killed near the I-75/I-24 interchange in Hamilton County. Again, an X-LITE terminal pierced the vehicle. In both cases, the damaged rail was replaced with another X-LITE terminal, Nagi said. After Hannah Eimers’ death, and SKT-SP was installed. The X-LITE is not the only guard rail terminal used in Tennessee with a questionable safety record. In 2015, Trinity Industries lost a $663 million lawsuit involved the ET Plus rail endcap. The company was accused of modifying the design without notifying the Federal Highway Administration. Critics said the change made the caps more dangerous, and more likely to impale a car that struck them.
An ET Plus guard rail on I-75. The company that makes the ET Plus lost a $663 million lawsuit in 2015, following claims the devices were not safe. (Photo: WBIR)
This led Virginia to implement a risk-based assessment program to replace terminals that might contribute to more severe crashes. VDOT found four vehicles that had been pierced by modified ET Plus terminals from October 2014 to July 2015. TDOT estimates 21,000 ET Plus endcaps are installed statewide. Any number of them could be the modified design. TDOT has decided to remove any X-LITE devices installed on roads with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour or greater. This is most of the terminals, Nagi said.
The bidding for this contract will begin March 31. Nagi was not able to give a cost estimate or timeline for the project, though he anticipates work may begin in late spring to early summer.
Grieving family billled for guardrail in fatal wreck
GUEST SPEAKER Jeff Sandy, Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety cabinet secretary, spoke at the March 15 Weirton Rotary Club meeting. — Contributed
WEIRTON Jeff S. Sandy, West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety cabinet secretary, spoke about the state economy and balancing a $33 million budget that is divided among the West Virginia State Police, state prison system, West Virginia National Guard and state fire marshals during the Weirton Rotary Club s March 15 meeting. Sandy is a 1976 Parkersburg High School graduate, a 1979 Marshall University graduate and a 1980 Federal Law Enforcement Training Center graduate with a designation of special agent with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Criminal Investigations Division. He is designated as a certified fraud examiner and a certified anti-money laundering specialist. From 1982 to 1993, he was assigned to the Presidential Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in the Northern Judicial District of West Virginia. Sandy received the Attorney General Award, West Virginia U.S. Treasury Employee of the Year and Mid-Ohio Valley Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. In 1991, he became the first West Virginia law enforcement officer to be nationally recognized as an expert in the field of money laundering. He has trained federal, state, county and local law enforcement officers, and was selected to train dignitaries from Russia and the Baltic countries in the field of money laundering. In 1993, he accepted the supervisory special agent position for the Southern Judicial District of West Virginia in Charleston. By 1996, his group was recognized as one of the top agencies in the U.S. in a major university study. In 2000, Attorney General Janet Reno and U.S. Attorney Rebecca Betts commended his office for their investigative work on the Keystone Bank failure.
After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury designated Sandy as the special agent in charge of the security of a secure facility in the eastern U.S. for 24 days. Sandy volunteered to work on counter-terrorism efforts and worked in Baghdad, Iraq, and Doha, Qatar. He received the honor award from Secretary of the Treasury John Snow and the Department of Defense achievement medal for his investigative work in the Middle East. Sandy cited one of his proudest career moments as when he secured the cooperation of Tariq Aziz, the deputy prime minister of Iraq, and when the U.S. Department of Defense and United States Army Major General Keith W. Dayton said the following about his work in Baghdad: Agent Sandy participated in dangerous, high stress missions to meet with sources that resulted in actionable intelligence. He conducted a financial investigation of the sale of billions of dollars of Iraqi oil throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. Agent Sandy used all legal means to freeze the former Iraqi regime s assets and protect them from being used by terrorists.
In 2005, he became a member of the U.S. Department of Justice State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training Program. Sandy has been involved in the training of more than 146,000 law enforcement officers in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. He has guest lectured for the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces, West Virginia State Police and Fusion Center and dozens of state, county, and local law enforcement agencies. Sandy was elected sheriff of Wood County in 2008. Sandy modernized modernized the office with new investigative techniques and equipment; established an intelligence unit; and started intelligence-based policing. While sheriff, he was selected by Gov. Joe Manchin to serve on the Board of the Regional Jail Authority and was elected Regional Jail Board chair in 2012. He also served on the Board of the West Virginia Sheriff s Association. In 2012, he was named the Marshall University Distinguished Alumnus of the year. In May 2015, he was selected as a speaker at the 10th-annual National Anti-Terrorism Conference in Orlando. He is the author of a training manual for law enforcement, Trace It, that has been provided free of charge to more than 85,000 law enforcement officers in the U.S.
Sandy is married to Renee Moffit of Akron, Ohio, and they have three children.