KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police said the motorcyclist was doing everything right: he was obeying the speed limit as he came south on Swope Parkway. Investigators say the car - a white Nissan - was trying to cross over Swope when it hit the motorcyclist.
"I see the man flying in the air," is how Destiny Barrett described the moment she and her husband pulled up at the accident. "And I checked his pulse," said the trained medical assistant. "He didn't have a pulse."
The yellow tape, the green gas tank cover, and the white Nissan bumper all tell the story of what happened. "It's pretty obvious," said Sgt. Deb Randol of the Kansas City Police Accident Investigation Unit as she gestured to the intersection of 60th and Swope Parkway, "that they had a stop sign; the Nissan's at fault."
The Nissan sedan hit the Kawasaki motorcycle and knocked the motorcyclist off his bike.
But it was Destiny Barrett's words that make just as much of an impact. "The vehicle drived off while we were trying to do chest compressions," she said.
"That made everyone around us very overwhelmed, and that made us angry. Not just scared for him, but angry for him because he can't speak up for himself. He's on the ground and now the people who supposedly hit him drove off."
The motorcyclist was a man investigators say was probably just out on a Sunday ride.
"I don't have my father, and I wish I did," said Barrett. "And that's just another father getting taken away over just two seconds of pausing -- just pausing - to make sure another car's not coming through."
Sgt. Deb Randol echoed those thoughts. "I think that's the society in general that we're in. The cars are faster now, everyone just wants to get somewhere, in a hurry. They want instant gratification - so get there right now."
"And it's not doing anybody any good," said Sgt. Randol, "because now we've got a gentleman out, probably just a Sunday ride, and he's never going to go home to his family again."
In this case, the driver who left the scene did come back, on foot. She spoke with officers and is in police custody.
This marks Kansas City's 44th deadly crash this year. At this time in 2016, Kansas City had 27 deadly crashes. In total, the city had 68 for 2016. 2017, police say, is on track to easily surpass that number, as we have just hit the midway point of the year.