PRESS RELEASE: Young pedestrian killed in KCMO

A 9-year-old boy was killed in a crash on the evening of Thursday, July 18.

The crash occurred near the intersection of 23rd Street and Kensington Avenue. The victim fell into the street and was struck by the driver.

Police arrived and declared the boy dead at the scene.

“We want to extend our condolences to the family of the boy who died,” said Eric Rogers, executive director for BikeWalkKC. “The circumstances under which any crash occurs are terrible, but this is especially tragic.”

“We’re relieved to learn the driver stopped and cooperated with police,” noted BikeWalkKC policy director Eric Bunch. “However, I don’t believe we should write off this crash as just someone falling down a hill or some steps. We need to look for ways to make sure that such a minor mistake doesn’t have such grave consequences.”

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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