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HOUSTON A 92-year-old man was shocked when he received a $2,200 toll road bill.

His SUV s permit had expired without him knowing and his son had been driving the vehicle on the Westpark toll road.

I was astonished, said Thurston Hooper.

The World War II vet was going back and forth to a dialysis center and had been moving from one assisted living facility to another at the time. He hadn t checked his mail at his home.

Hooper s son found the big bill when he was finally able to check on his father s house.

The bill is for tolls and the associated legal fees of trying to collect. Hooper says it is excessive.

The Toll Road Authority said it is the toll tag owner s responsibility to notify the agency if a billing address changes.

The Hoopers say there has to be a better way to let customers know if there s a problem. Hooper s son Kevin said he would have paid the bill, if he had known about it.

We sent numerous notifications to these people. Thirty-one pieces of mail were sent to the house. We also sent 7 emails to let them know there were violations and problems with the account, said Toll Road Spokesman Eric Hanson.

I was just worried about surviving with my heart condition and my kidneys, said Hooper.

It s a toll mix-up that serves as a reminder to others to monitor their account.

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