PRESS RELEASE: Pedestrian dies following hit-and-run in KCMO

A pedestrian in Kansas City, Missouri has died days after a hit-and-run sent him to the hospital. The crash occurred shortly after 3 a.m. on Monday, April 29 near the intersection of 18th Street and Bristol Avenue. According to authorities, the victim, identified as 37-year-old Jesus Avalos, was struck by the driver in the driveway […]

MEDIA ALERT: The Saluto family, Lorrie Brown, BikeWalkKC, and City Market to Dedicate Ghost Bike to Honor Cyclist Anthony Saluto

Dedication Ceremony: 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2019 at City Market Park, 300-398 Main Street, KCMO 64152 Contact: Karen Campbell, Director of Development and Communications karen.campbell@bikewalkkc.org or (816) 205-7056, ext. 2 Kansas City, Mo. | April 3, 2019 – The Saluto family, Lorrie Brown, and BikeWalkKC will dedicate a “ghost bike” memorial bike rack in […]

Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise: What Do We Do?

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently released 2018 data on pedestrian traffic fatalities by state, and the numbers were sobering. Since reaching a low of 4,109 fatalities in 2009, the national total has climbed back up to 6,227. The report notes that 2018 is projected to see the highest number of pedestrian fatalities since […]

What We Learned – When Crashes Occur

Following the sentencing of the man who killed Anthony Saluto, BikeWalkKC wanted to understand the process through which a case like this is approached. We’re an advocacy organization, not a law firm or victim’s rights agency, so it helped for us to reach out to those who work in that realm to get a better […]

PRESS RELEASE: Young cyclist hit near school in Shawnee

A boy who was riding his bike to school in Shawnee was injured Tuesday morning. The crash occurred around 7:40 a.m. at the intersection of 55th Street and Rosehill Road. Police say that the 12-year-old boy was riding his bike towards Ray Marsh Elementary when he was struck by a driver heading eastbound in the […]

PRESS RELEASE: Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run on Troost

A pedestrian was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash early on the morning of Sunday, September 9. The crash took place at the intersection of 81st Street and Troost Avenue. Around 2:45 a.m., police received a call about a woman who was found unconscious in the street. When authorities arrived, the victim was rushed […]

Anthony Saluto’s Killer Sentenced: What Now?

On Thursday, August 16, the man who killed Anthony Saluto as he rode his bike along Independence Avenue was sentenced for what he did. Members of Anthony’s family, as well as BikeWalkKC, provided impact statements in an effort to convince the judge to hand down a harsher sentence. Unfortunately, the judge delivered the sentence that […]

PRESS RELEASE: Woman killed in hit-and-run on Prospect

A woman was struck and killed by a driver in a hit-and-run crash on Saturday, August 18. The crash happened around 10:25 p.m. near the intersection of 38th Street and Prospect Avenue. Authorities say the victim was walking across Prospect when she was struck by a passing vehicle. That vehicle left the scene without stopping […]

Covering the Crash: Local Media’s Role

Last Tuesday, I sat in on a webinar from the National Complete Streets Coalition called “People are dying on our streets: Why is this happening and how can we talk about it responsibly?” The webinar covered information and statistics that many cycling and pedestrian advocates know all too well: pedestrian fatalities have been increasing since […]