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Pickup strikes, kills woman trying to cross Bruce R. Watkins Drive in wheelchair

A Dodge Ram pickup struck and killed a 55-year-old Kansas City pedestrian as she tried crossing Bruce R. Watkins Drive at Gregory Boulevard in a motorized wheelchair. The crash occurred shortly after midnight along southbound Bruce R. Watkins, which is also known as U.S. 71 highway. This Google Maps Street View of the area is from April 2017.
A Dodge Ram pickup struck and killed a 55-year-old Kansas City pedestrian as she tried crossing Bruce R. Watkins Drive at Gregory Boulevard in a motorized wheelchair. The crash occurred shortly after midnight along southbound Bruce R. Watkins, which is also known as U.S. 71 highway. This Google Maps Street View of the area is from April 2017. Google Maps

A Dodge Ram pickup struck and killed a 55-year-old Kansas City pedestrian as she tried crossing Bruce R. Watkins Drive in a motorized wheelchair.

The crash occurred shortly after midnight Wednesday at Gregory Boulevard and the southbound lanes of Bruce R. Watkins, which is also known as U.S. 71 highway.

The pickup was headed south on the parkway and struck the pedestrian as she was crossing in the wheelchair. The woman died at the scene.

Police identified her Thursday as Andrea L. Gardner.

The pickup’s driver stopped immediately after the crash and cooperated with police.

The southbound lanes of Bruce R. Watkins remained closed until about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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

Kansas City is close to 100 traffic fatalities for the year, making it the deadliest in the last 25 years. While speed and distracted driving is to blame for some of the crashes, impaired drivers caused about half of all fatalities. (Video by Robe

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