PRESS RELEASE: Hit-and-run injures child in KCMO

A 9-year-old boy was seriously injured in a hit-and-run on Sunday, August 4.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Smart and Spruce Avenues just after 6 p.m. The victim, who was riding his tricycle at the time of the crash, was thrown off and found by police, lying unconscious in the street. The driver fled the scene and has not been found by police.

He was transported to a local hospital and is currently listed in serious but stable condition.

“We are hoping that the boy will make a full recovery,” said Eric Rogers, executive director for BikeWalkKC. “We also want to ask the public to please help in bringing the driver to justice.”

“We hope that authorities will catch the person who left a child in the street, but it speaks to a broader issue: How sad is it that a child can’t ride a tricycle without having to worry about something like this happening?”

– Michael Kelley, Policy Manager at BikeWalkKC

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

Police say they are looking for the driver of a silver passenger car. If you have any information about the 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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