Parents File Lawsuit Over Roadway Design

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The parents of a teenage killed in a 2011 traffic crash have filed a lawsuit against the Johnson County Commission over the design of the intersection where the crash occurred.

Attorney Linus Baker filed the wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Wayne and Kelly Jessip, the parents of the 18-year-old Bryan Jessip.

On June 13, 2011 Bryan Jessip, a student at De Soto High School, was riding his motorcycle when it collided with a van at the intersection of 115th Street and Waverly Road in an unincorporated part of the county.

The lawsuit alleges that the intersection is “confusing to average drivers and is dangerous due to its design, maintenance, and signage.”

The “faulty and dangerous design” of the intersection prevented the van driver from seeing Jessip’s approaching motorcycle before the van driver pulled into the intersection, according to the lawsuit.

Bryan Jessip, who was wearing a helmet, was unable to stop in time and collided with the side of the van.

The lawsuit was filed on November 12, 2012 at the Johnson County District Court and seeks an unspecified amount of damages.


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