Pedestrian critically injured when he was struck by a vehicle in Independence

A 53-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries when he was hit by a vehicle while crossing U.S. 40 in Independence late Wednesday.

The man was attempting to cross the highway at 43rd Street about 9:55 p.m. Wednesday.

A single vehicle heading east struck the man, who was rushed to a local hospital.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb