• September 14, 2022

Pedestrian Killed by Dump Truck at Zona Rosa Center in Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, MO — September 13, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a dump truck off Prairie View Road in Kansas City's Northland.

Authorities say the incident happened early Tuesday afternoon in the middle of the Zona Rosa shopping center off Northwest Prairie View. Preliminary investigation suggests a Kenworth dump truck turned left in the area but the driver didn't see a pedestrian crossing the road in the truck's path.

The truck fatally struck the pedestrian during the turn. The driver remained at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Pedestrian Accident at Zona Rosa in KCMO

Photos of the Zona Rosa shopping center look like it's designed to be something of a social hub as people walk between stores through grassy areas and across one-way streets. If its general purpose and activity involve a lot of pedestrian traffic, would it be reasonable to think that drivers--especially professional ones who are supposed to keep their eyes peeled anyway--would be on extra high alert for foot traffic? It seems that way to me, and yet here we have a dump truck that hit someone the driver didn't see.

I'm not saying it's impossible that the pedestrian entered the truck's path at an angle and speed that made the collision unavoidable, but I do think it's important that careful attention be paid and the wreck be fully understood before anyone concludes something like that. A lot of factors have to be accounted for, like how fast the truck was traveling and what exactly the driver was doing. There are also environmental issues like visibility, weather and road conditions, any other traffic in the area, whether the victim used a traffic signal or crosswalk, if both people were paying close attention to their surroundings, and many other details that could make a big difference.

Pedestrian Killed by Dump Truck at Zona Rosa Center in Kansas City, MO

Until those facts are in I'm definitely not pointing any fingers. I just find it curious that a foot-trafficked area like this one appears to be might see a professional truck driver hit someone in broad daylight. I sure would love an explanation for that, and depending on what that explanation is I doubt I'm the only one who thinks some accountability should follow as well.

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