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Pedestrian struck, killed in hit-and-run along Hwy 71


Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck in a hit-and-run accident along U.S. Highway 71.

It happened at 55th Street about 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

"You got to be very cautious, very cautious," said Joann Wright who lives nearby. "It's very dangerous on this street right here. I actually got hit in my car."

Officers say the victim was an older man. Witnesses reported seeing him running in and out of traffic in the northbound lanes of the highway when he was struck by a driver that left the scene. Witnesses believe the vehicle was a white four-door sedan.

Neighbors say it's not unusual for pedestrians to get hit near the intersection and they want to see some changes made.

"You have people who don't care that pedestrians are trying to cross over. They will hit you just to get where they have to go," Rose Howard said.

Howard should know. She back in January she was struck by a car.

"Before I know it I see headlights and I'm hit," she said.

While Howard says she's lucky to be alive, not everyone is as fortunate. On July 19 a 12-year-old boy was killed after he was struck by a car while crossing on a red light at the same intersection.

"You took somebody's family. You took somebody's family member," Howard said.

She said, sadly, she wouldn't be surprised if it happened again.

"I think they need to make it better for pedestrians to be able to cross over because you have people on the east side and people on the west side of the highway so you know, there's no time for people to be able to actually cross because, by the time you get the light to cross over, the light automatically changes for you to stop and you just can't stop in the middle of the street," Howard said.

She wants something done before someone else gets hurt or killed.

"Nobody's doing nothing about it. Nobody's making a change and I hope after this incident today that somebody makes a change to help pedestrians be able to cross," Howard said.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office pronounced the male victim dead at the scene. He didn't have identification on him, so police are still working to ID him.

Police say there have been 25 pedestrians who have been hit and killed by vehicles this year compared to 34 at this same time last year.

Anyone with information that may help police find the car and driver is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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