Ashlie Burkhart was the victim of a crash when she was struck by a driver on Monday, December 23.
The crash happened around 3:30 pm near the intersection of Admiral Boulevard and Virginia Avenue.
Police have not released many details about the crash, but footage from Hope Faith Homeless Assistance Campus cameras shows the victim being thrown nearly 20 feet. The driver remained at the scene. Burkhart is awake, but remains in serious condition.
“It is incredibly unfortunate that this crash happened so close to Christmas,” noted BikeWalkKC executive director Eric Rogers. “We don’t know much at this time, but will keep an eye out for updates.”
“We sincerely hope that the victim will be alright,” said Michael Kelley, BikeWalkKC’s policy manager. “We also hope the city will use this crash as an opportunity to look for ways to improve the built environment for vulnerable road users.”
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 35th confirmed crash involving a vulnerable road user in 2019.
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BikeWalkKC believes that crashes are not accidents.