A family sued the city of Lee’s Summit for wrongful death after their son was killed crossing Blackwell Parkway. He was killed in 2004 while chasing after the family’s dogs. The parents believe the high speed limit and lack of proper lighting on the roadway contributed to their son’s death. The lawsuit was settled yesterday out of court.
Although the Fausts did receive financial compensation as part of the settlement, Gordon Faust said money was never their goal. He said the couple’s goal in filing the lawsuit was to make the city “right a wrong” and to push the city into making the changes in their neighborhood that they said many in the subdivision thought should be made.
However, after going through the process for quite some time, Vicki Faust said the lawsuit proved to be counterproductive. That’s why, she said, the couple accepted the city’s offer of a settlement.
The parents have vowed to continue working for changes in their neighborhood and along Blackwell Parkway. During the course of the lawsuit the speed limit was lowered from 40mph to 35 mph.