Washington officials improving intersection after 2015 death

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Yakima County officials are keeping their promise and have plans to improve an intersection where a teen was killed in a head-on collision and has been deemed unsafe.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reported Tuesday that the proposed improvements for the Yakima Valley Highway and Gurley Road intersection are part of a $1.6 million settlement with the family of Angel Mendoza, who died due to a 2015 crash at the intersection.

The intersection did not have yield or other signs in the area warning of oncoming traffic.

Yakima attorney Bryan Smith who represented the family in the case says part of the settlement involves making the intersection safer.

The project has been added to the county’s six-year Transportation Improvement Plan and is considered a priority.

Commissioners are expected to approve the project next week