A Jackson County jury on Wednesday found in favor of the Kansas City police in a wrongful-death lawsuit involving a man who died when his motorcycle rammed into the back of a stationary patrol car.
The family of Ryan Jaye Jordan sued the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners and Officer Terrance Brown, claiming both were negligent. Brown parked his car on the shoulder of an on-ramp to U.S. 71 and turned the vehicle’s lights off while he aimed a radar gun at highway traffic.
Jordan’s motorcycle struck the vehicle. He was thrown from the bike and died at the scene.
The defense presented a toxicologist who pointed out that Jordan’s blood alcohol content tested at 0.235, nearly three times the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle. At that level, a person’s vision and ability to react are adversely affected, the witness said.
The jury found that the Police Department was without fault in the case.