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County settles wrongful death lawsuit for $1.6 million, promises to fix intersection

September 6th, 2018Posted By: Megan Contributor: Yakima Herald Republic - Phil Ferolito

Angel Mendoza

After settling a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.6 million, Yakima County now plans to improve the intersection deemed unsafe where a head-on collision killed a 17-year-old Granger High School student in 2015.

A few months ago, the county agreed to the settlement involving the death of Angel Mendoza, who was killed where Gurley Road forks off into the Yakima Valley Highway just north of Granger. Mendoza was a front-seat passenger in the car and two fellow students also were injured in the crash.

There were no yield or other signs in the area warning of oncoming traffic.

Part of the settlement involves making the intersection safer, said Yakima attorney Bryan Smith, who represented the Mendoza family in the case.

To read the full article in the Yakima Herald, click here.

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