Moped without working lights crashes in KC: Passenger dies, driver gravely injured

One woman is dead and a man suffered life-threatening injuries after they were thrown from a moped in an accident near the Heart of America Bridge on Friday night, Kansas City police said.

According to police, the man was driving the moped without working lights, heading north on Missouri 9 near Pacific Street, when a Ford Fusion failed to see the vehicle and drove over the back of it around 10:40 p.m.

The Fusion dragged the moped several feet, throwing the driver and his female passenger in the process. The passenger landed on the roof of the sedan, while the driver landed in the street.

The woman was pronounced dead after being transported from the scene. Her identity has not yet been released. The man was taken to surgery, suffering life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the sedan was not injured, police said.

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Katie Bernard covers Kansas crime, cops and courts for the Kansas City Star. She joined the Star in May of 2019. Katie studied journalism and political science at the University of Kansas.