Deadly weekend for Kansas City pedestrians

Posted at 10:51 PM, Jan 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-29 00:04:09-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's a scene becoming all too familiar for Kansas City accident investigators.

On Sunday afternoon a man trying to cross Prospect near 37th was hit by a car and killed. The person responsible then drove off. 

Another driver saw the man's body in the middle of the street and moved her car to prevent others from hitting him.

71 Highway & Gregory

A similar call came in late Friday night at 71 Highway and Gregory. Kansas City police say 25-year-old Jyra Hill was in a crosswalk when a car hit her and dragged her 20-30 yards. That driver also took off. 

Sergeant Deb Randol had to tell Hill's daughter what happened.

"How do you tell an 8-year-old the mom's not coming home because somebody chose to hit her in the street and leave the scene?" Randol asked.

Judging by the car parts left behind from the accident, investigators think the suspect was driving a 2012-2015 Chevy Equinox.

435 and Grandview

On Saturday yet another call came in shortly after 8 p.m. A woman was walking on I-435 when she was hit by a car just before the Grandview Road overpass. The driver immediately stopped, telling police he didn't see the woman walking along the road.

Sgt. Randol said that woman and the rest of this weekend's victims were all wearing dark clothing, which may have contributed to the accidents.

Asking for the Public's Help

In the two hit and run accidents, one on 71 Highway and the other at 37th and Prospect, Randol and the rest of her team are relying on tips from the public.

"It's like I told the 8-year-old. We'll do our best to find out who did this, but you can't make any promises," she said.

If you know anything about the accidents, you should call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

As investigators work to find those responsible for these accidents, city and regional leaders are trying to prevent more from happening.

RideKC, Kansas City, the Mid-America Regional Council and the Missouri Department of Transportation will host a meeting on Thursday to discuss solutions for pedestrians and bicyclists to safely cross U.S. 71. and reach Prospect Avenue. It will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Alphapointe, 7501 Prospect Avenue.