PRESS RELEASE: Two pedestrians struck in separate incidents in KCMO

One pedestrian was killed and another was seriously injured in separate hit-and-run crashes in Kansas City, Missouri on Sunday, June 16.

The first crash occurred around 4 a.m. when police were called to the intersection of 31st and Benton. The victim, 36-year-old LaShanda Temple, was getting into a parked car when she was hit by a driver.

The driver then backed up the vehicle and fled the scene before police arrived. Temple was taken to a local hospital, where doctors were forced to amputate one of her legs below the knee due to the severity of her injuries.

The second crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. near 47th and Ridgeway. Authorities found a woman lying in the street after she was hit by a driver heading eastbound on 47th Street.

The victim was declared dead at the scene. The driver fled before police arrived.

“We want to send our condolences to the family of the victim who died on 47th Street,” said Eric Rogers, executive director for BikeWalkKC. “Our thoughts are also with LaShanda Temple and her family as she begins the long road to recovery after the crash that severely injured her.”

“Both families of the victims deserve to know as much as possible about what happened to their loved ones,” noted BikeWalkKC policy coordinator Michael Kelley. “That means we need the public’s help to find the drivers responsible.”

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

No information on the suspect or vehicle for the crash on 31st and Benton was immediately available. In the hit-and-run on 47th and Ridgeway, police are looking for a Ford F-150 van that was traveling east when the crash occurred.

If you have any information about either crash, please call 911 or the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-8477.

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

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