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Christopher Weber was 27 years old when he lost control on a bridge and jumped down a ramp of packed snow that had been cleared the day before; his family said other drivers could be at risk.
The heartbroken parents of 27-year-old Christopher Weber have issued an urgent warning against winter driving after his son was killed in a freak accident.
Weber was driving to his work across a bridge when his car spun out of control and he was thrown off the side onto a ramp made of recently plowed snow.
While this is a rare and horrible incident, new research shows that it happens more often than you might think.
“I thought, ‘This is a freak accident,'” Craig told the Chicago Sun-Times.
“Maybe it’s not that weird.”
Bridges and elevated roads are prone to icing and often have “black ice” in winter, which could cause a car to spin out of control.
While these roads have bumpers that should prevent a vehicle from being blown away, the drifts of snow render them useless.
The Sun-Times launched an independent investigation that found that there have been 53 similar accidents on snow ramps in cold-weather states since 1994.
Five of those occurred in Chicago and Milwaukee over a two-week span last year.
Among last year’s crashes, two people died in Chicago after being thrown off a snow ramp on the Stevenson Freeway.
Four friends, all in their 20s, bolted off the Stevenson Expressway after days of heavy snowfall and plowing.
The car plunged 43 feet into a grassy area, killing the driver Bulmaro Gomez, 27, and his front seat passenger, Griselda Zavala, 22. The two in the back seat were injured.
A toxicology test found alcohol in the driver’s blood. However, the Illinois State Police released an accident report stating: “The Hyundai continued to move over the wall due to snow accumulation on the right shoulder.”
The family of the victims filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Transportation, claiming officials failed to warn drivers of the dangers of the snow ramp.
IDOT spokeswoman Maria Castaneda commented on the incident saying, “IDOT continues to explore ways to increase safety and improve efficiency during snow and ice events and throughout the year.”
The agency said they first clear roads to allow emergency vehicles to pass.
You can then perform “snow compaction operations” to remove the compressed piles through the use of plows and snowplows.
However, this can be dangerous depending on the environment surrounding the road that is plowed.
While the issue remains a work in progress, Christopher’s family continues to urge authorities to take this seriously and protect drivers.