PRESS RELEASE: Pedestrian struck on I-35

On Friday evening, a pedestrian was struck by a semi driving along the southbound lanes of I-35.

Authorities say the crash occurred around 9 p.m. in the area just north of the Kit Bond Bridge. The victim, 50-year-old Thomas Mattes, was hit near the right shoulder. He was rushed to an area hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the truck stopped and is cooperating with authorities.

“While it is good that the driver is cooperating with authorities, these crashes should not be happening,” said Eric Rogers, executive director of BikeWalkKC. “As long as we continue to prioritize traffic over people, incidents like this will continue to happen.”

“People will be on highways, either walking or trying assess something with their car,” explained Eric Bunch, BikeWalkKC’s policy director. “We need to legislate the protection of these populations because the vigilance of drivers simply isn’t enough.”

As BikeWalkKC has stated in the past, what deserves the brunt of the blame for these crashes is the culture that values car traffic efficiency over human lives.

For more information, contact Karen Campbell, director of communications and development, at (816) 205-7056 (ext. 2) or by email at

BikeWalkKC believes that crashes are not accidents and clothing is not an excuse.

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