Police: It's been a deadly year for pedestrians on roadways

2 killed in auto-pedestrian crashes hours apart
Posted at 5:21 PM, Sep 03, 2017


It has been a deadly 24 hours on Kansas City roads with two people killed and one injured in auto-pedestrian collisions. 

The first one happened just after 10 p.m. Saturday. Missouri Highway Patrol says Francisco Corchado, 32, of Kansas City, Kansas, was walking down the road on I-435 and Parvin Rd, when he was hit by an SUV.

Troopers say the driver of the SUV stayed on scene and cooperated with the investigation.

Corchado's family says they have questions of their own. They're left wondering why he would be this far from home without his car.

"What was he doing, why was he walking?" said Jesus Gonzalez. "If anyone knows anything, help. Give us some closure and peace of mind."

"He was my best friend, we just want answers," says Corchado's sister, Jovana Corchado.

An hour later and miles away, Highway Patrol says another pedestrian was killed after a semi truck hit a man and kept on driving. 

According to Highway Patrol, Jeffrey Koontz, 39, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was hit and killed on I-70 and Woods Chapel Rd. 

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office in Iowa confirms Koontz volunteered as a reserve deputy with the department. 

Missouri Highway Patrol troopers say Koontz's car was on the side of the road when he was hit. Along with the semi truck, two other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Highway Patrol is now looking for the driver of a blue semi truck with a trailer.

Sergeant Bill Mahoney with the Kansas City Police Department says it's been a deadly year for pedestrians. 

"It seems like we are seeing them more frequently than we have in years past," said Stg. Mahoney.

Based on 2015 data, CarInsurance.Com ranks Kansas City the 21st deadliest cities for pedestrians.

"The causes seem largely to be individual so there isn’t a trend, just the numbers themselves," Sgt. Mahoney said while at another auto-pedestrian collision. 

Just before noon Sunday, a pedestrian was hit near 51st and Wornall in Kansas City, Mo. 

The victim was taken to the hospital and listed in serious condition.

Mahoney says every case is different, but when it is dark never walk in the road.

"The cars are coming too fast, it is hard to judge how fast at night, you put yourself at a disadvantage," Sgt. Mahoney said. "It is a hard thing for everyone involved including the drivers in these."