OLATHE, Kan. -- Police and experts are urging caution for runners taking to the roads for a jog after a runner was hit by a vehicle in Olathe on Friday morning.
Authorities say that the jogger was struck by a truck near 127th and Canyon in Olathe around 7:00 a.m. The jogger was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.
Running coach Eladio Valdez suggests making eye contact with drivers at intersections, so you're certain they see you, obeying all traffic signals, and running against traffic. He says since it's going to be dark earlier soon, it's also a good idea to remember bright and reflective clothing.
"If you just wear really obnoxiously bright reflective clothing with lots of whistles and bells and bright lights, then it makes it harder for that person to ignore you," Valdez said.
Valdez also suggests not wearing headphones so runners and walkers can hear any possible dangers. The runner injured in Friday's accident is expected to be released from the hospital the same day. The investigation is ongoing.