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Kansas woman struck and killed while trying to cross I-70, Independence police say

A 31-year-old Kansas woman was killed early Saturday morning when she was hit by a truck while trying to walk across Interstate 70 in Independence.

According to police, the woman got out of a vehicle parked on the shoulder of I-70 just east of Noland Road and attempted to walk across the highway around 2:20 a.m.

She was struck and killed by a Toyota Tacoma traveling eastbound in the center lane.

Police later identified the deceased woman as Shirlessa Sanders, a Topeka resident.

Police said the driver of the Tacoma stayed at the scene and was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

Kaitlyn Schwers contributed to this report.

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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.
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