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Authorities identify Westwood hit and run crash victim as 94-year-old man

Deadly hit and run at KU Cancer Center campus in Westwood
Posted at 11:39 AM, Mar 28, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-28 21:37:53-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating a deadly hit and run crash involving a pedestrian Thursday morning at the University of Kansas Cancer Center in Westwood.

First responders were called just before 8 a.m. to a parking garage at the campus off of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Belinder Road in Westwood.

A University of Kansas Health System spokesperson said a pedestrian was inside of a parking garage on the campus when they were struck.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office later Thursday identified the victim as William Ward, 94, of Leawood.

While the driver of the vehicle that struck Ward initially left the scene, authorities were later able to locate the driver, who was taken in for questioning.

The University of Kansas Health System sent a statement Thursday night.

"Employees and health system leaders are feeling what many in our community are experiencing...shock and extreme sadness in this moment. We are dedicated to helping and healing patients, and so the news that this accident involved an employee is especially tragic to us on many levels."

"We are also extremely proud of how employees stayed focused on providing care to the many patients with clinic visits and cancer care appointments immediately after the accident and throughout the day. That patient care continues at the Cancer Center uninterrupted. We are providing counselors to anyone and everyone at the cancer center that feels a need."

"Our thoughts are with the families of all involved in this tragic accident."