Pedestrian dies after being hit by semi, SUV and car on I-70 in Blue Springs

The Missouri Highway Patrol was looking for a semitrailer involved in a hit-and-run along Interstate 70 in Blue Springs that killed a pedestrian, who was then struck by an SUV and a car.

The Highway Patrol identified the victim as Jeffrey M. Koontz, 39, of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Koontz died after he was struck by the semi about 10:55 p.m. along eastbound Interstate 70 just east of Woods Chapel Road, according to the Highway Patrol.

After the impact, the semitrailer fled the scene. A 2008 Chevrolet Equinox and 2007 Saturn Ion then hit Koontz, but the two drivers remained at the scene, according to the patrol.

Koontz was pronounced dead at the scene, and his body was taken to the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s office.

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