Canyon County

Nampa family sues Canyon County and Canyon County Highway District after fatal crash

A Nampa family who lost a daughter to a car accident in 2013 is suing Canyon County and the county’s highway district, claiming there wasn’t enough signage on the road.

Alyson Defur, age 4, was declared brain dead three days after a crash that injured nine people, six adults and three children.

The crash on July 7, 2013, happened at the intersection of Lake and Orchard avenues. Kayla Bartrop, 18 at the time, was driving a van and failed to stop at the stop sign, then collided with the truck Alyson Defur was riding in.

The Defur family alleges the highway district and county didn’t put up enough signs near the intersection to indicate hazardous conditions, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit claims the intersection has been the site of numerous accidents, including fatalities.

Another fatal accident at Orchard and Lake happened last Sept. 17, when a 49-year-old woman reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign on Orchard and collided with another vehicle. The woman died.