Northeast area accident kills crossing guard on his way to work

A 64-year-old man on his way to work as a school crossing guard was hit by a pickup truck and killed Friday morning in the Northeast area of Kansas City.

Kansas City police identified the victim as 64-year-old James R. Suman.

He was walking across Van Brunt Boulevard at Seventh Street about 6:35 a.m. when he was struck by a northbound truck, police said. Suman was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Suman lived just around the corner from where he was struck. He was wearing a reflective vest and carrying a plastic school crossing sign, according to police. Investigators said he apparently was walking to a city bus stop to ride to work at a school in another part of the Northeast area.

The pickup truck’s driver was not injured. Police interviewed her Friday morning and continued to investigate the crash.

Tony Rizzo, trizzo@kcstar.com