PRESS RELEASE: Pedestrian struck twice after getting off bus

A man is in stable condition after sustaining injuries from two vehicles after exiting the bus in Kansas City, Missouri.

The crash happened near the intersection of Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard and Woodland Avenue around 8:45 a.m. yesterday morning. The man stepped off the bus and attempted to cross the street when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle. The impact from that threw him into the path of another vehicle heading west.

The pedestrian sustained several broken bones and was transported to a local hospital.

Authorities say the drivers of both vehicles stopped and, at this point, the crash is still under investigation.

“This crash is yet another example of the consequences our city faces when we don’t invest in a safe built environment,” observed BikeWalkKC executive director Eric Rogers. “As long as we continue to prioritize cars over people, it will be people who must make these dangerous choices, and it will be people who ultimately pay the price.”

“The easy thing to do here would be to simply blame the pedestrian for the crash, but we shouldn’t think like that,” said Eric Bunch, the policy director for BikeWalkKC. “This should be seen as an opportunity to find more ways for pedestrians to safely cross here so they don’t have to walk so far to one crosswalk at either The Paseo or Euclid Avenue.”

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

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

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

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