Person in wheelchair is struck and killed near 63rd and Prospect in Kansas City

Police were investigating Thursday after a man in a wheelchair was struck and killed by a water department vehicle in central Kansas City.

The incident occurred about 1 p.m. Thursday near Prospect Avenue and 63rd Street.

According to police, a water department employee operating a city vehicle struck a man in a wheelchair in the intersection of 63rd and Prospect.

The driver, police said, did not know that the vehicle made contact with the wheelchair, which was carried for a short distance.

The driver of the vehicle turned around and came back to the intersection after he felt something fall off the vehicle, police said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

KC Water Services Department said in a statement two KC Water employees were in a dump truck hauling material to a job site when the accident happened.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the person killed today at 63rd Street and Prospect,” the statement read. “The crash remains under investigation by the Kansas City Police Department. They have our full cooperation.”

Traffic was blocked on Prospect while officers investigated.

The Star’s Toriano Porter contributed to this report.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc