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Kansas City, MO - Thomas Cooke Killed in Hit-and-Run on US-24

Oct 13, 2020

Kansas City, MO (October 12, 2020) - Officers from the Independence Police Department reported that a 75-year-old man was killed on Monday, October 12th following a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Sterling Avenue and U.S. 24. at about 7:30 a.m.

Officials stated that the accident took place when the driver of a 2013 Honda Odyssey, driving westbound along U.S. 24, ran a red light, colliding with a 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis.

Eyewitnesses told police that the driver of the Odyssey was traveling way over the legal speed limit moments before it struck the Mercury Grand Marquis.

Thomas Cooke, the driver of the Grand Marquis, was transported to a local hospital where he later passed away from his injuries. The lone passenger in Cooke's car was also hospitalized with serious injuries.

Following the accident, police said the driver and three passengers from the Odyssey fled the scene. All four remain unidentified at this time.

This accident remains under investigation. A red light violation and high speeds are both believed to be major contributing factors in the collision.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. Thomas Cooke, at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family in hopes of a full recovery.

Fatal Collisions in Kansas City


Between 2013 and 2017, intersection collisions accounted for 21% of Kansas City car accidents. The intersection accidents resulted in the deaths of 220 people and left another 524 suffering from moderate to severe crash-related injuries.

When victims are killed in collisions, they often leave behind friends and family that are devastated. In some cases, families can reach out to a wrongful death attorney in Missouri to get the justice they deserve for their loved ones. Working with a skilled and knowledgeable legal team can help to ensure you are in the best position possible to move forward after experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Our team at Peterson & Associates P.C. will help you to understand the legal options available to you in the aftermath of a car accident. Our car accident attorneys in Kansas City strive to help our clients maximize their recoveries so they can get the medical treatment they need without the worry. Not only is it crucial that families are able to get full and fair compensation after losing loved ones in accidents caused by negligent drivers, but we are committed to helping them gain peace of mind in knowing they can move forward and overcome the challenges they face. If you have lost a loved one due to a car accident, and you would like to explore legal options available to you, contact our Kansas City personal injury attorneys at (816) 298-8708 as soon as possible to schedule a free case of evaluation to see how we can help you.

Note: Our team of writers utilized secondary sources in the creation of this accident post. For that reason, the specifics regarding this accident have not been independently fact-checked and verified by our writing staff. If you locate any information that is not accurate, please notify us immediately so that we can update the post to reflect the most accurate information available. If you would like the post to be removed from our site, please let us know and we will do our best to remove it completely.

Disclaimer: As a well-respected member of the Kansas City, Missouri business community, Peterson & Associates, P.C. is always looking to increase the safety of and bring overall safety for all Missouri residents. We hope that by bringing awareness to the dangers associated with driving that people will exercise additional caution when operating a motor vehicle and avoid being injured in a serious crash. This post is not intended to be a solicitation for business. This post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos depicted in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.

Categories: Auto Accidents

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