Motorcyclist has life-threatening injuries after crash on West 39th Street

A motorcyclist has life-threatening injuries after crashing into the side of a vehicle Thursday afternoon in Kansas City.

It happened just before 3:30 p.m. at West 39th and Terrace streets.

Kansas City police said a Nissan vehicle stopped at a stop sign while heading north on Terrace Street and continued onto West 39th Street when an eastbound Honda motorcycle struck the driver side of the Nissan. Police said the motorcycle appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed.

The Nissan driver later told police she didn’t see the motorcycle coming.

The motorcyclist was thrown off the motorcycle and sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash, police said.

The driver of the Nissan had minor injuries.

Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.