KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are asking for witnesses to help in a deadly hit and run crash that happened at about 3:00 a.m. Friday along I-70.
The victim was an adult male either walking along the highway or trying to cross when he was hit. The vehicle that hit him left the scene.
For nearly two hours investigators had two westbound lanes of I-70 closed-off to traffic between Pittman and Sterling Ave.
The victim’s body was found in the fast-lane near the Jersey barrier. He died at the scene and did not have any identification on him.
At first investigators thought the victim was hit by an 18-wheeler. After talking to the semi driver and checking his log, he was ruled out. Investigators believe a semi did hit the man and say the driver may not have realized he or she hit something until noticing damage. If it was a car, it would have been difficult for the driver not to have known it happened. If you have any information, call the TIPS Hotline 816-474-TIPS.
“This is critical in a case like this. These things happen in a split second. People may not be sure what they saw,” said Sgt. Bill Mahoney, Kansas City, Mo. Police. “It’s possible, depending on the vehicle, the driver that actually struck him was unaware.”