A Show Of Respect

Fredonia Native Killed In Crash To Be Recognized In Upcoming Film

A movie set to be released next month will pay respect to Hannah Eimers, who died in a car crash in November 2016. Eimers was an intern on the film, which stars Burt Reynolds, Chevy Chase and Ariel Winter. Submitted photo Submitted photo

A Fredonia native who died in a car crash will be recognized in the credits of a new major film set to be released next month.

“The Last Movie Star,” directed by Adam Rifkin and starring Burt Reynolds, Chevy Chase and Ariel Winter, will pay respect to Hannah Eimers, 17, who died in November 2016 when her vehicle left the road and crashed in Tennessee. Her vehicle was pierced by a Lindsay X-LITE guardrail, killing her instantly.

According to NBC4-TV in Washington, D.C., Eimers befriended Rifkin while “The Last Movie Star” was being shot in Tennessee. Eimers was an intern in the art department on the movie, which is being distributed by A24 Films.

The movie premiered last April at the Tribeca Film festival and includes the line “In Loving Memory of HANNAH EIMERS” in its closing credits. Eimers’ name will also appear for her work as an intern, a representative of A24 Films confirmed Wednesday.

Eimers’ father, Steve, has spoken to state and federal lawmakers to have the Lindsay X-LITE guardrail systems banned from roads across the country. Last month, State Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, announced that the guardrails were scheduled to be removed from New York roads.

More than 20 states already have removed the X-LITE guardrail systems from their lists of approved products.

“We are proud of Hannah and her many accomplishments,” Steve Eimers told The Post-Journal regarding his daughter’s recognition in the film. “Hannah got to realize her dream of working with some great people in making this movie.”

Steve Eimers said his daughter “lived life to the fullest,” and pointed to a text message she sent him while on the set of the movie. He saved the message as a reminder of her humor and good nature.

“Oh, by the way, Chevy Chase keeps calling me dear and it’s taking everything in me not to say, ‘No, no, no. That’s okay. You can call me Al,” Eimers said in the text message to her father on June 14, 2016, a reference to the music video “You Can Call Me Al,” by Paul Simon in which Chase appeared.

Lindsay Transportation in a statement Wednesday said it builds road safety equipment that reduces risk for motorists.

“Lindsay proactively offers a variety of training resources to help states and contractors with proper hardware installation and maintenance, such as road safety tours, a mobile app available in four languages, and onsite training,” the company said. “While X-LITE has successfully passed crash and safety tests in accordance with Federal standards, there is no road safety equipment that can prevent injury every time a driver fails to stay on the road.

“When properly installed and maintained, roadside hardware like X-LITE will reduce the number and severity of injuries sustained in car accidents. Lindsay continues to work collaboratively with road safety stakeholders on national initiatives to enhance safety on America’s roadways.”

A company spokesman noted a USA Today article in which the Tennessee Department of Transportation said the guardrail involved in Eimers’ death “performed ‘exactly the way it was supposed to.”