Kansas City Police Officer Kills Pedestrian In Automobile Accident
The Kansas City Star reported on the automobile accident that occurred earlier this month involving an unmarked police car striking and killing a male pedestrian in a crosswalk. The incident took place at about 11:30 AM at the intersection of Independence and Bennington avenues.
Conditions of Car Accident
The streets were wet, but it was not raining at the time of the accident. A few witnesses said they heard the car’s brakes screeching followed by the sound of impact.
The officer, who remained anonymous aside from the fact that he was a twenty-three year veteran of the force, immediately got out of the car to help the pedestrian.
Fran Otto, a registered nurse who also saw the accident, immediately ran over to assist the also as-of-yet unidentified older man, but said that he did not have a pulse when she got to him. The officer was not placed on paid leave following the accident.
Inclement Road Conditions And Accidents With Pedestrians
This story is an unfortunate example of just how dangerous driving in less-than-ideal conditions can be for all involved parties. Captain Rich Lockhart of the Kansas City Police said “We’re looking at a number of possible contributing factors.”
As stated, the roads were wet at the time of the incident. Also, a nearby resident described the intersection as being at the crest of a hill whose steepness makes it difficult to see. The officer apparently had a green light when he struck the man.
Drivers should remember to take extra care when conditions are poor, especially when pedestrians are in the area. Pedestrians, regardless of their perceived right-of-way, should always check traffic before venturing into lanes of travel.
Accidents involving automobiles and pedestrians never end well for the latter party, and being being right about right-of-way is always less important than being safe.