PRESS RELEASE: Pedestrian struck and killed in Gladstone

A pedestrian died Saturday, August 4, when he was struck by a vehicle in Gladstone.

The crash occurred between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. in the area of 73rd Terrace and N. Prospect Avenue. Police on the scene indicated that the driver of the vehicle involved had remained on the scene and was cooperating, but they were still investigating the crash itself.

The deceased victim was identified as 75-year-old Richard A. Sereres of Kansas City.

“We want to start by extending our condolences to the family of Richard,” said Eric Rogers, executive director for BikeWalkKC. “It’s good that the driver stopped and is cooperating with authorities, but this crash didn’t need to happen.”

“We’re not even a full week into the new month, and a pedestrian is dead,” lamented BikeWalkKC’s policy director Eric Bunch. “How many more people need to die before we recognize that the status quo, as it relates to pedestrians, is not working?”

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, contact Karen Campbell, director of development and communications, 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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