Man in wheelchair struck in Kansas City hit-and-run suffers life-threatening injuries

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police are searching for leads in a hit-and-run incident that happened at Independence Avenue and Bales on Monday night. One person suffered life-threatening injuries, the hit-and-run occurred shortly before 10 p.m.

Police say witnesses advised a dark-colored vehicle was west on Independence Avenue when they struck a man who was in a wheelchair. The driver then dragged both the man and his wheelchair for a small distance.

Witnesses tell police the dark-colored vehicle continued west on Independence Avenue and then turned south on Indiana. The vehicle did not stop.

The man was transported to an area hospital with life threatening injuries.

FOX 4’s Mary Pulley heard from a woman who said she was with the victim when he was hit, and said it happened so fast.

“We were walking down the street to Phillips 66, and he was in the middle of the street and they hit him," said Bianca Bolden.

Police say they are looking for a newer model Volkswagen four-door sedan, either black or dark blue in color. The vehicle should have medium to major damage on the front bumper, hood and windshield area as well as a missing “VW” emblem, which had originally been on the vehicle’s front grill section.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.