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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Police Department is investigating a hit-and-run crash that left a pedestrian dead Sunday morning.

Investigators said the crash occurred on Northbound I-435 Highway between Gregory and 87th Street near Oldham Road.

The call came in around 8:47 a.m. as a passing driver called and discovered the body in a grassy median. The victim was identified as 55-year-old David Barton.

​”I had heard about a pedestrian being hit, and it’s becoming a common thing now,” Kansas City, Missouri resident Taiwanna White said.

White and Vanessa Carter heard about Sunday morning’s hit and run before we caught up with them in the evening. In fact, Carter’s sister was involved in a backup on I-435 as police investigated that scene.

“She couldn’t tell what had happened,” Carter said. “But she said, ‘Vanessa, something bad had happened on 435. Don’t come that way,’ and so I said, ‘Okay.'”

Investigators do not have any suspect or vehicle information at this time but say the vehicle will have heavy front-end damage.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help, anyone with information is urged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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