LENEXA, Kan. - A 41-year-old man is dead after a hit-and-run driver struck him about 2:20 a.m. Saturday as he stood along the side of Interstate Highway 35 near College Boulevard.
Christopher P. Randolph died at the scene of the crash, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol, which investigated the incident.
Randolph was a lifelong resident of Kansas City, and was on his way home from a night out with friends, according to his wife Glenda.
Witnesses told investigators with the Kansas Highway Patrol that Randolph was putting gas in a friend's van on the northbound lanes of I-35 when he and the van’s owner, Charlesetta M. Redd, 39, were both struck by a pickup truck driven by an unknown person.
Randolph was killed on impact. Redd was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated and released.
The driver of the truck that hit Randolph and Redd apparently fled on foot after the crash. His pickup was found less than a mile from the scene, but the driver had not been located as of Saturday afternoon.
Randolph's family is begging anyone that may have seen anything to come forward.
"The driver didn't know he has kids, and a wife and family members that adored him. That driver took my kid's future, my husband of 14 years and my Mother-In-Law's baby", said Glenda Randolph, his wife. "This person is going to suffer regardless if they get caught. They're going to have to live with that in their hearts."
Police are looking for the person who was driving a 2010 silver Chevy Silverado with Kansas license plates QFE204. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS hotline, 816-474-TIPS.
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