Man dies after hit by car on I-35 in Liberty - KCTV5 News


Man dies after hit by car on I-35 in Liberty

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A Kansas City man died Saturday after being hit by a car in Liberty.

David M. Ellis was an active member of his Northland church where congregants received word of his untimely death during the morning service.

Pastor Craig Gates, with the Jesus Name Pentecostal Church, said Ellis would probably hate to have people making a fuss over his sudden death.

"He was a very, very private person. He was very humble. He didn't like attention. He would do nice things for people, but he didn't want the credit. He didn't want to be known," Gates said.

The 41-year-old was not far from home or church when he was hit by a car while he was crossing Interstate 35, a mile south of Highway 152.

It was 7:30 p.m. when his car had broken down. He made it to the left lane of northbound traffic before being hit.

Authorities said Ellis walked 100 yards north of his vehicle and attempted to cross the interstate.

Ellis was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 45-year-old woman driving the Ford Fusion stopped after the collision and was not cited for any traffic violation.

Ellis described himself on Facebook as passionate about family with a small number of close friends but distant with most people.

He was also passionate about his faith. Jesus and King David were on his list of people who inspire him.

Those who knew him from church say they didn't know where he was headed before he died or if he had called anyone for assistance before making the dangerous dash.

"He was very kind-hearted and well-liked, a great guy," Gates said.

Ellis maintained the grounds at the church and remodeled homes for a living.

"It is a great loss for those of us who knew him. He will be missed," Gates said.

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