Sister blames GM for deadly crash on I-635 near Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The massive recall by General Motors caught the attention of a Kansas City family six years after a young woman died behind the wheel.

So far, GM has connected at least 16 deaths in cars with ignition problems and this family believes their relative died as a result.

Tasha Bradford got a new Chevy Cobalt in the summer of 2008. Then four days before Christmas her car went off Interstate 635 and landed onto NW High Drive below. The car was unrecognizable.

Police ruled the accident inconclusive.

It didn't make any sense to her family until now.

“There was no skid marks when it went in the grass, there was nothing. They're saying now with this ignition switch when it goes off the brakes don't work, so how would you be able to brake, it makes all the sense in the world,” explained Tasha’s sister Michele Bradford.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol website, there were eight injury accidents along that nearly four mile stretch of I-635 during 2008.

However, Tasha's family didn't believe the 23-year-old nursing student and nursing assistant at KU died in a normal accident.

Her sister, Michele, has written complaint letters about the car to the Attorney General's Office and Department of Transportation since 2010.

“[Because of] medical issues that I've had, things that have gone on with the family, it kind of got buried at that point but with the recent recalls it just all clicked,” Michele said.

Over the last six months, GM recalled 26 million cars sold in the US including the 2008 Chevy Cobalt that Tasha's dad insisted she drive.

“We're a Chevy family. My dad worked there for 37 years, he passed away two years ago,” Michele added. “If he would have known this when he passed away, I'm pretty sure he's rolling over in his grave right now.”

Now, this family has a message to GM car owners.

“You have your life in your hands every time you get in this car and try to drive it so I'm saying park that thing and get a rental or something, make them accountable for it, make them pay for it,” Michele said.

“I feel like they put a price on my sister's life and there is no price, she's priceless," Tasha’s brother said. 

The family hasn't reached out to GM yet. They're still considering how they want to move forward.

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