KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A man is in critical condition after being struck by a taxi Tuesday night outside Missie B’s bar in Midtown Kansas City.
Police said the incident happened around 10:45 p.m. at 39th and Southwest Trafficway. The cab was traveling southbound on Southwest Trafficway while the man on the bicycle was crossing the street heading westbound.
"He was propelled into the windshield of the cab, sustained some pretty heavy injuries and we're still getting updates on his condition," said Sgt. Bill Mahoney of the Kansas City Police Department. "The bicycle ended up in the undercarriage of the vehicle and it actually broke into two pieces."
Although the intersection is equipped with red light cameras, nearby business owners said they're not surprised something like this happened at that intersection, which has been the scene of many wreaks.
"This is a really busy intersection and there's a lot of foot traffic out here all the time, not just on bikes but on motorcycles and even on foot, so it's a pretty dangerous intersection," said Anthony Sosa, the owner of 39th Street Diner. "Unfortunately things like this have to happen and I hope that gentleman's going to be okay, I really do, I pray for him."
The cab driver stopped at the scene of the accident and is cooperating with officers. Investigators are reviewing the footage from the red light camera to try and determine if the cab driver ran a red light or if the bicyclist was crossing the street illegally.
YouTube Video of the crash from American Traffic Solutions: