UPDATE: The victim in this crash has been identified as 61-year-old Luis Lopez of Independence. Police are still investigating.

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A pedestrian is dead after being hit by a vehicle Thursday night on the highway.

According to the Independence Police Department, the crash happened at 9:32 p.m. near Highway 291 and U.S. 24 Highway.

A vehicle traveling south hit the pedestrian who was walking on the highway.

The driver was not injured and is cooperating with police. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

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