A young cyclist was struck by a car in Shawnee on the morning of Friday, November 1.
The crash happened at the intersection of West 58th Street and Clearcreek Parkway. Police say that the child was near the crosswalk leading to Clear Creek Elementary School when they were hit by the driver.
The child was immediately taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center and was listed in stable condition.
“It sounds like the child will be alright, which we are relieved to hear,” said Eric Rogers, BikeWalkKC executive director. “However, it is incredibly troubling that the child was hit so close to a school.”
“The last place we should be worried about the safety of vulnerable road users is near a school,” noted BikeWalkKC policy manager Michael Kelley. “Between this and the crash in Overland Park that injured multiple pedestrians, it should be obvious that we are not doing enough to create a safe built environment for everyone who needs it.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
BikeWalkKC believes that crashes are not accidents.