PRESS RELEASE: Pedestrian struck and killed in Olathe

A woman was killed in Olathe after being struck by a driver on the afternoon of March 31, 2020.

The crash occurred near the intersection of W. 138th Street and S. Black Bob Road. According to police, the victim, an unidentified 61-year-old woman, was walking her dog when she was struck by the driver.

The pedestrian died at the scene. The dog was taken to an animal hospital with injuries. The driver remained on the scene following the crash.

“We wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family of the victim,” said Eric Rogers, executive director of BikeWalkKC. “It is incredibly unfortunate that this woman lost her life doing something as simple as walking her dog.”

“Pedestrians should always take priority on our streets, and that remains especially true during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Michael Kelley, BikeWalkKC policy manager. “We need to do more to protect our most vulnerable road users who are using streets where drivers are going much faster than they would under normal circumstances.”

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

BikeWalkKC believes that crashes are not accidents.

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