Kansas City police are looking for a hit-and-run driver who struck a pedestrian Friday morning and apparently returned to the scene to retrieve his broken side mirror.
The wreck occurred about 6:35 a.m. during a heavy downpour on Independence Avenue just east of the Paseo, said Police Sgt. Bill Mahoney. The victim, a 39-year-old man thought to be homeless, was crossing Independence when he was hit by a dark-colored, four-door, midsize car, possibly a Toyota or Honda, that sped away westbound.
The car suffered damage to the right front and right side, and the mirror from the right side was broken off.
A short time after the wreck, as a passer-by tended to the victim, a man showed up at the scene, picked up the broken mirror and fled. He was described as a white man in his 30s with blond hair, wearing a blue short-sleeve shirt and jeans. Police think he may have been the hit-and-run driver.
The victim suffered an arm fracture and head injuries. Police said he was not crossing in a crosswalk, and the heavy rain may have contributed to the wreck.
Anyone with information should call 816-474-TIPS (8477).