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Family marks one year since Jordan Grant’s death by planting trees in his memory

Monday marked one year since Cal Poly freshman Jordan Grant was killed in a crash at a notoriously dangerous intersection on Highway 101 in southern San Luis Obispo County.

The crash led to sweeping safety changes along a stretch of the highway between Arroyo Grande and Nipomo.

On Monday, Grant’s family planted trees at a growing memorial garden that they’ve set up at his gravesite in McKinney, Texas.

The family previously told our newsroom that they’d purchased 32 grave sites in the area, so they would be able to build a larger garden that they say “will never be finished.”

They say the weather was beautiful Monday while they were out, and friends came by to remember Jordan with them. The family says they planted an Autumn Blaze Maple, as well as a Shumard Red Oak, so they’ll have fall colors every year.

Grant was motorcycling on October 7, 2018, when he was hit and killed by a car that was turning left across Highway 101 at the El Campo Road intersection, just outside of Arroyo Grande city limits.

His family spend months pushing for significant safety changes after the crash. In May, Caltrans removed the left-hand turn option at four intersections in the area, including at El Campo Road.

Last month, the Grant family filed a lawsuit in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court claiming the crash was preventable. It said the highway wasn’t properly maintained, repaired, operated, or monitored and that the intersection lacked proper signage.

KEYT 2019

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