Independence police ID woman killed walking on Highway 291 Monday


INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Independence police have now identified the woman they said died after she was struck by a vehicle on southbound Highway 291 near 23rd Street.

The woman, was walking on the highway, according to police and initially suffered serious injuries. She was then taken to an area hospital where she later died.

The crash happened just before 1 p.m. Monday.

“When the light turned green, he proceeded through,” Ofc. Jack Taylor said. “There was a pedestrian going west across 291 and she stepped out in front of that vehicle and got hit by that vehicle.”

Police said the incident is under investigation.

The victim has been identified as 42-year-old Jennifer Brown, of Independence.

“Right now, we’re looking to see what the status of the pedestrian was, why maybe they would’ve stepped out in the road in front of the vehicle,” Taylor said. “Was the driver of the vehicle impaired was there any issue with that? So, we’re just running the course. We don’t know why at this point.”

Taylor said it’s tragic, but also a good reminder to stay alert while behind the wheel.

“As you’re driving just pay attention to people that are walking, pay attention to some of those hard to see motorcycles, other small cars. Just be aware of your surroundings,” Taylor said.

As part of standard protocol, police are looking into if impairment and distracted driving played a role in the crash.

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