KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police have narrowed the search for a driver accused of hitting and killing a cyclist Saturday.
Kansas City detectives said they are looking for a driver of a white 2017 to 2020 Acura MDX. The car will have damage to the front passenger side and grill area of the car.
The crash killed Charles Criniere as he rode on View High Drive near Longview Road. Police said the driver headed south on View High Drive toward Lee’s Summit after the crash.
Criniere was a husband, father of 10, a deacon in his church, and a math teacher.
He taught middle school math at Martin City K8 and previously taught math at Grandview High School. The district has counselors available to help students and staff process his death. The district said additional resources are available free of charge through the First Step For Help Line.
“He was a wonderful teacher, loved by his students and colleagues. The difference he made was lasting. He will be incredibly missed,” Grandview School District said in a statement.
“On behalf of our entire school community, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and all who knew and loved Mr. Criniere, during this difficult time. While the family undoubtedly continues to grieve, we share in their profound loss. This heartbreaking tragedy reminds all of us how precious life is,” the district’s statement said.
His friends and church family started a GoFundMe account to raise money to help his family. In less than one day, the fund raised more than $100,000 dollars.
Organizers said they hope to pay off the family’s house and cars with the money raised.
If you have any information about the car police are looking for, or who drove it at the time of Saturday’s crash, call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
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