PRESS RELEASE: One day, two hit-and-runs in the Metro

There were two separate hit-and-run crashes in the metro on Sunday, August 11.

The first crash occurred around 5:30 am in Independence. Officers were called to the intersection of North Kiger Road and U.S. 24 Hwy. When they arrived, they found 30-year-old Misty M. Collins dead at the scene.

Police say the driver of a black pickup truck left the road and struck her as she was walking along the shoulder.

In the second crash, a pedestrian was struck around 5:10 pm at East Linwood and Van Brunt boulevards. Police say the woman was struck crossing Van Brunt by the driver of a Gray SUV, who left the the scene without stopping. Police have located the vehicle, but the driver remains on the loose.

The victim was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries.

“We want to extend our condolences to the family of Misty Collins,” said Eric Rogers, executive director for BikeWalkKC. “We are also keeping an eye on updates for the victim from Van Brunt, and we hope she will pull through.”

“We need the community’s help to bring these reckless drivers to justice,” noted BikeWalkKC policy manager Michael Kelley. “One woman is dead and another is fighting for her life because of the poor decisions that these individuals made.”

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 karen.campbell@bikewalkkc.org.

If you have any information about either of the crashes, 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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