Around 8:15 p.m. on the evening of December 20, 2021, a report of a fatality in a vehicle accident occurred. The scene of the incident is on Cookingham Drive close to the eastbound I-435 highway.
The Kansas City, Missouri police were at the scene.
There is confirmation that one female pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and killed. There are no other details currently available about the identification of the victim.
Emergency vehicles were still at the scene. It is unknown whether the vehicle that struck the pedestrian stayed or left the scene. It was still unclear what the surrounding circumstances were concerning this accident.
On Friday, December 17, in Independence, Mo a bicyclist was struck and critically injured near U.S. 40 Highway and I-70 close to 6:30 a.m. The victim was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. The vehicle that struck him was a Ford F150 as reported by police. The driver is cooperating and it was reported that he was traveling westbound on U.S. 40 Highway when the bicyclist entered the roadway and was struck.
On December 15, when a fire truck collided with an SUV into a building in the Westport area, one of the three victims was a pedestrian who was found under rubble from the building partially collapsing. The pedestrian was identified as 41-year-old Tami Knight. The drivers of the SUV who were previously identified were 41-year-old Jennifer San Nicholas and 25-year-old and Michael Elwood.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, from 2010 through 2019, there was a 46% increase in pedestrian fatalities. In Missouri, from January to June 2020, there were 48 pedestrian fatalities. The number of fatalities from 2019 to 2020 was up 4.8%. In 2019, three out of four pedestrian fatalities occurred after dark.