Family launches petition for guardrails after deadly Grain Valley crash

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — A Grain Valley household is asking for security enhancements after a deadly crash Wednesday on Jefferson Road. That crash occurred on a hilly street that runs alongside Interstate 70.

Grain Valley’s mayor tells FOX4 it’s a probably harmful street that’s getting busier and so they need security enhancements too.

Christian Lanear, 20, was driving from Blue Springs East into Grain Valley Wednesday afternoon round 4;15 p.m. on the elevated street alongside I-70.

“Whenever you have the highway right here and a ditch right here an accident is going to happen your only two options are to hit that other vehicle or go into a ditch that leads to the highway,” Lanear’s cousin Steele Blackmon defined.

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According to the Missouri Highway Patrol when Lanear acquired too far to the fitting as a truck was approaching he overcorrected and crossed the middle line. He collided with a Ford pushed by Jacob Petree, a 29-year-old from Holt. Lanear was killed within the crash, and Petree acquired “moderate” accidents, in response to MSHP.

“A very bright soul he always had a smile on his face man like always,” Blackmon mentioned of Lanear.

Loved ones gathered at a cross positioned in his honor Thursday alongside the street Grain Valley’s mayor says he’s been attempting to get MoDOT to make safer.

“We’ve basically been saying it needs widened because our biggest fear was someone going off of Jefferson onto I-70,” Mayor Michael Todd mentioned.

Within hours of Lanear’s loss of life his household launched a petition.

‘When I tell you there were over 1,500 signatures in 45 minutes that was amazing,” Blackmon said.

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The petition calls for guard rails and shoulders alongside the road with hills, blind spots and steep drop offs to the interstate.

“Let’s say you don’t wish to broaden the street you set these guard rails there you might be nonetheless saving a ton of lives by doing that since you wont have that automobile happening on that freeway that’s going 60 miles per hour,” Blackmon mentioned.

According to Mayor Todd after a number of years of discussions MoDOT got here to look at the street up to now yr. He was involved with a Missouri State Representative Thursday to attempt to see what might be executed.

“It’s tragic. It’s honestly really sad that it had to come to this to bring light to that for somebody to show this is a really dangerous road,” Blackmon mentioned.

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FOX4 requested MoDOT Thursday about normal necessities for guardrails and any security upgrades deliberate for Jefferson Road. A spokesperson for the company mentioned they’d look into it.

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