Supreme Court Upholds Verdict Against Jackson County in Crash

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KANSAS CITY (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court unanimously upholds a $150,000 verdict against Jackson County, in a lawsuit stemming from a traffic accident in Oak Grove. The accident in 2002 injured Douglas Hensley Junior, a passenger in a vehicle that hit another in an intersection. He sued, and at his trial witnesses testified that a stop sign that was supposed to be at the intersection was not there. They also testified that it had been leaning at a 45-degree angle for about one month before the crash. Attorneys for the county contended that the driver was negligent, and that Hensley was injured because he was not wearing his seat belt. A Jackson County jury ruled in Hensley's favor in 2005, and the county appealed. The state Supreme Court upheld the jury's ruling yesterday.

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