KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Family of a 32-year-old man who was hit and killed on his bicycle Sunday evening said Anthony Saluto was a huge Royals fan, popular barista at a local coffee shop and loved by many.
“He just wanted to have a good time and help others around him feel good too,” said Mark Lomas, the victim’s cousin who also worked with him at Opera House Coffee & Food Emporioum in The River Market. “I drew a lot of inspiration from that.”
Saluto was hit and killed by a car near Lydia and 24 Highway around 6 p.m. Sunday. Family said he was on his way home to watch the Royals game. Police said the car was headed eastbound when the driver crossed over into the other lane, hitting a man on a bike, who family identify as Saluto.
Police said the driver didn’t stop for a block after hitting Saluto. The driver is being questioned by police but it is still unknown when or if charges will be filed.
Lomas said his cousin loved traveling, hiking and playing disc golf. He said he had a lot of regulars who would come visit him at the coffee shop.
“Really positive guy, he had a lot of regulars here, people come here to see him,” Lomas said.