Sidewalk project underway in area where boy was struck by car

Posted at 7:44 PM, May 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-14 20:44:41-04

KANSAS CITY, MO. -- In the area of 107th and Bristol Terrace there are still signs of the accident that sent a six-year-old boy to the hospital last Monday.

"That could have been my child," said a man who didn't want to be identified. He heard the car strike the boy and stepped outside.

"He was gasping for air, taking deep breaths, breathing hard like he was going into an asthma attack and there was another lady over here. She pulled his head back and was holding his head off to the sideways and held this part so he wouldn't down on his tongue," he said.

Paramedics took the boy to the hospital in critical condition. One of his relatives told 41 Action News Monday the boy remains in the ICU at Children's Mercy.

"At least put a stop sign here or something this is the second bad accident that we've had over here in this area," the resident said.

In March, a man died after his motorcycle crashed into a car just a block west where the little boy was hit. 

People who live in the area say drivers are constantly going above the posted speed limit. 

"I won't even let my kids out because there are no sidewalks," the man said. 

We did spot several people walking in the street because of a lack of sidewalks.

We reached out to the city Monday.

A public works spokesperson said there is a multi-phase project underway to add sidewalks along 107th Street from Blue Ridge Blvd. to James A. Reed Road using Public Improvements Advisory Committee funding.  

From Beth Breitenstein, KCMO Public Works:

"Design has been initiated for the Blue Ridge to Richmond section for a new sidewalk. Funding for that $550,000 project was approved through 6th District PIAC last year and will go under construction this year. 

Sidewalk for Richmond to Bristol was approved by PIAC this past budget approval May 2018 and would be scheduled for construction next year(524K project). Sidewalk construction in phases will continue to James A Reed, should PIAC approve funding for subsequent years."