Lorrie Lomas-Brown, a vocal and persistent advocate for safer streets in Kansas City and throughout the State of Missouri, passed away on January 10. She was 60 years old.
Lorrie’s journey into advocacy began with tragedy. On April 3, 2016, Lorrie’s son Anthony was riding his bike on Independence Avenue when he was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. Despite her pleas for a harsher sentence, the driver received 120 days in prison and five years of probation.
The tragedy spurred Lorrie to action. She began by working to get a ghost bike rack installed near Anthony’s former workplace in the River Market. She would go on to lend her voice to important initiatives to create safer streets for vulnerable road users, including World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, the adoption of a Vision Zero resolution in Kansas City, and working with a statewide coalition to push for stronger distracted driving legislation in Missouri.
BikeWalkKC wishes to extend our sincere condolences to Lorrie’s family and friends. More information about Lorrie, and details for her memorial service can be found by clicking here.