PRESS RELEASE: Two pedestrians seriously injured in hit-and-run

A man and a woman were victims of a hit-and-run in KCMO on the evening of Sunday, November 10.

The crash happened near the intersection of 17th and Kensington around 6 pm. According to police, the 29-year-old man and 41-year-old woman were just west of the intersection when they were struck by a driver heading eastbound. The driver immediately fled the scene following the crash.

Both victims were rushed to the hospital. The male victim was listed in critical condition, while the female victim was listed in serious, but stable condition. A dog that was with the victims died at the scene.

The only information available regarding the suspect’s vehicle is that it lost one of its front corner lights. If you have any information about the crash, please call 911 or the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-8477.

“We hope that both victims survive their injuries,” said Eric Rogers, executive director for BikeWalkKC. “We also ask the public to please help bring the suspect to justice.”

“We need to do more to make sure that vulnerable road users are safe,” explained BikeWalkKC policy manager Michael Kelley. “We need to hold these reckless drivers accountable, but also look for opportunities to make changes to the built environment that will prevent this from happening in the first place.”

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. According to local news reports we’ve gathered, this marks the 32nd confirmed crash involving a vulnerable road users in KCMO in 2019.

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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.

BikeWalkKC believes that crashes are not accidents.

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