POLICE: Man killed after being run over by semi

Posted at 6:36 AM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 13:22:15-04

Kansas City police are investigating the death of a man after he was run over by a semi-truck near I-435 and Front Street. 

According to authorities, the male's body was found in the parking lot behind Flying J. 

Police were called to the truck stop around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

Officials say a white male, who may have been homeless, was sleeping under a semi-truck before he was crushed to death. 

KCPD is treating this as a hit and run, but it may be possible the driver didn't know someone was under the semi-truck. 

Police confirm the victim had white, gray, slicked back hair. They said he was about 5'9" and walked with a cane.

People like Josh Foster, who works next door to the Flying J, said they were shocked to find out about the death.

"To get run over early in the morning would be a horrible death. Poor guy, I'm praying for him," said Foster.

Other truckers told 41 Action News the driver should've walked around the vehicle and checked under the mud flaps to have prevented this situation from happening.

"When I heard what happened here, the first thing I said was, 'How can he not know if he would've done his pretrip inspection?'" said Victoria Wells, a veteran trucker. "I've trained truck drivers for years and that's one of the things you teach them. You do your pretrip every morning, and you're supposed to do a walk around every night to make sure everything is good to go before you move that truck."

The victim has not yet been identified. 

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