One of the best things about living in the Kansas City area is the walkability. There is so much to do, and you can park your car and walk to all of it. Unfortunately, pedestrians are incredibly vulnerable in accidents caused by negligent drivers.
This point was made again in a recent hit-and-run auto accident.
The hit-and-run auto accident
According to media reports and the Kansas City Police Department, the original accident occurred at 3:00 a.m., but the Westport crosswalk of 39th and Southwest was still busy. The local man was crossing the crosswalk with the light when a car ran the red light, striking the man.
He then rolled onto the top of the roof and off the back of the car. Thankfully, unknown saviors stopped and called 9-1-1 for him and even stayed with him until an ambulance arrived.
The driver was apparently on the phone, and there was a passenger in the vehicle as well. Neither checked on the victim, exited the vehicle or even stopped.
After the crash
The local man lived, but nearly died that night. He required subsequent and extensive surgeries, ongoing hospitalizations and continues rehabilitation, even today. He did not suffer permanent spinal cord or brain injuries, but he did suffer multiple other injuries, like compound fractures of multiple bones, road rash and more.
According to reports, his friends and family stayed by his side in the hospital. He is grateful for their help and for the help of the community that has come to his aid. He was recently able to walk again, but he will still need up to another eight weeks to recover.
The reckless driver who caused this accident has still not been found, according to Kansas City police. The victim, unfortunately or fortunately, has no memory of the impact or the car that hit him. Luckily, this is not a tragic example of the dangers of our road, but it is an example of the dangers.