A pedestrian was critically injured in a crash in Overland Park on the morning of Thursday, December 5.
The crash occurred around 5:30 am at the intersection of West 123rd Street and Blue Valley Parkway. The victim was crossing 123rd Street when they were struck by the driver who was heading north on Blue Valley Parkway.
The driver stopped and is cooperating with police. The victim was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. A dog that the victim was walking when the crash occurred died at the scene.
“We hope that the victim will be alright,” said Eric Rogers, executive director of BikeWalkKC. “We’re also relieved to hear the driver stopped and is cooperating with police.”
“We have to do more to protect vulnerable road users in Overland Park,” noted BikeWalkKC policy manager Michael Kelley. “Like everywhere else in the metro, we need to do more to make sure that the most vulnerable road users on those streets are protected.”
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.
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BikeWalkKC believes that crashes are not accidents.