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Johnson County family suing over dangerous intersection

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A Johnson County family says an intersection is so dangerous they are now suing the county.

It was the intersection at West 115th and Waverly streets in Olathe where a young man was killed in 2011.

A crucifix acts as the sole reminder of the place where Bryan Allen Jessip's life came to a tragic end.

The 18-year-old was heading north down Waverly Street on his motorcycle when another driver, heading east on 115th Street, cut him off.

He tried to react but couldn't avoid slamming into the van. Jessip eventually died from his injuries.

"He was somebody's son, somebody's brother. I feel bad he had to die there," said Brenda Elliott, who lives near intersection.

Elliott said the intersection has always been dangerous, where several drivers can be seen rolling right through the stop signs.

Now, a lawyer for the Jessip family is hoping a jury agrees.

The family filed a $75,000 wrongful death lawsuit against the county on Tuesday, arguing the dangerous design of the intersection led to the teen's death.

At the time of the accident, there were only two stop signs and a yield sign at the intersection. They argue the yield was too far back from oncoming traffic and was confusing to drivers.

The county has since ditched the yield in favor of a four way stop, but Elliott says more needs to be done.

"It has slowed people down. I don't think it has fixed the problem. People tend to run the stop signs," Elliott said.

The driver of the van involved in Jessip's death was ticketed but never charged, but the family's lawyer is demanding a jury trial. No court date has been set.

KCTV5 reached out to the Board of County Commissioners, but they wouldn't comment because of the pending lawsuit.

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