PRESS RELEASE: Pedestrian killed by SUV in Independence

The driver of an SUV went over a median and killed a pedestrian in Independence yesterday afternoon.

The crash happened near the intersection of 23rd Street and Harvard Avenue. Around 1:30 p.m., the pedestrian was crossing 23rd Street when the driver of the vehicle, a 2012 Chevy Suburban, went over the center median and struck the pedestrian.

The victim, identified as 54-year-old Allen Keith Mosley of Independence, was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

Authorities say the crash is still under investigation.

“Incidents like this do not need to happen,” remarked BikeWalkKC’s executive director Eric Rogers. “As long as we continue to ignore the need for better infrastructure and stronger enforcement of traffic laws, people will continue to be hurt or killed.”

“We send our sincere condolences to the family of the victim,” said BikeWalkKC policy director Eric Bunch. “People should not have to fear for their lives when trying to do something as simple and frequent as crossing the street, period.”

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 the safety of human lives.

For more information, please 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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