Teen driver hits 2 pedestrians in Overland Park; man killed

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - A father of four was killed and his girlfriend seriously injured when they were hit by a teen driver in Overland Park Thursday night.

It happened just before midnight near 84th and Tomahawk Road.

Authorities said a 17-year-old was traveling south on Tomahawk in a Volkswagen Passat when he struck the couple. They were standing on the west side of the street next to a parked car, and the car was also hit.

The 52-year-old man, identified as Kevin Moroney, was pronounced dead at the scene. Maureen Hogg, 49, was taken to an area hospital with serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.

Neighbors ran outside after hearing what they describe as an explosion. 

Colleen Wessling and another neighbor tried to perform CPR on Maroney, but they realized he was already dead.

Wessling said the teen driver called his parents who arrived minutes later. 

"They were the first ones here. They got out and ran over to the kid and they were yelling at him because it was a brand new car. He just broke down in his mother's arms," Wessling said. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation. In fatal crashes, it is standard protocol for police to perform field sobriety tests and take blood from the driver to check for possible impairments. 

The teen driver was not injured and was released to his parents Friday morning. 

"It's not uncommon for someone to be released if there's not a flight risk there," Overland Park Police Officer Michelle Koos said. "So in this case, the case was reviewed by the district attorney, and it was determined that would be an acceptable way to go at this point in time while the investigation continues and while that evidence is processed." 

Authorities said in a news release that any and all charges are pending. 

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