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MoDOT examining Northland highway after crash kills mother of four

Posted: 9:00 PM, Feb 20, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-20 23:20:41-05
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is examining a stretch of U.S. 169 in the Northland following a crash that killed a mother of four children.

In the early hours of Feb. 8, Kenisha Turner, 22, was driving south on 169 Highway near Missouri 9, when around 1:55 a.m. another driver saw the young woman lose control of her GMC Yukon while speeding.

Turner's SUV plunged 80 feet, hit a tree and burst into flames. Turner was thrown from the SUV in the violent crash.

The tragic crash happened in the same area a motorcyclist lost control in October 2019.

The crash report 41 Action News obtained shows the man fell nearly 50 feet. He survived, despite suffering two broken legs and a lung injury.

According to KCPD, in the last three years there have been 77 crashes in the area of 169 Highway and MO-9.

In 50 of those, someone was hurt. Twenty-six of the crashes were non-injury. Turner's was the only deadly crash.

"I hope that MoDOT can take a second look at this place where it happened, if something can be done to prevent another family to go through this tragedy," Deidre Bell, the Turner's grandmother, told 41 Action News.

After 41 Action News started asking questions, MoDOT said it will have their traffic department investigate the area.

"MoDOT takes every incident seriously and will review all data provided to us," a spokesperson wrote in a statement.