A man on a bicycle was killed as he tried to cross Interstate 70 in Kansas City, Kansas just before noon today.
The 67-year-old man was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld pending notification of family, though he is reported to be a KCK resident.
The driver of the tractor-trailer saw the bicyclist as the truck headed west around a bend on I-670, but the driver ended up hitting the bicyclist as he entered the road and tried to cross to the north.
“The lesson is, one, wear a helmet because he wasn’t wearing a helmet, and, two, don’t be riding a bicycle on the highway,” said Dwayne Carpenter, a trained first responder who happened upon the scene shortly after the accident occured. “I just pray for his family that they get along as best as they can.”
Yeah, a helmet would have helped a lot in this situation.
(For some reason, both KSHB and The Star reported the victim as a “pedestrian”; perhaps the man was pushing the bike?)