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Tragedy again reminds perils of dashing across highways

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Police are reminding residents that they should never dash across a dangerous interstate, saying too many have died recently as a result of tragic miscalculations.

The latest was 37-year-old Amy Nichols, who was struck by several cars last week while she was running across Interstate 29 near 56th Street.

"Nobody knows for sure, but the information that we had from her family was that she frequently went to a convenience store on the other side of the highway from her home. And we might maybe, on this occasion, she ran across the highway," Kansas City police Sgt. Bill Mahoney said. "Just a bad decision."

Nichols is one of five people who have died this year under these circumstances. Missouri's crashes are up 3 percent this year. Mahoney said more people seem to be taking the chance of running across a busy highway.

"It definitely seems that way to me," he said. "The reason for them are in most cases unknown. Sometimes, they are homeless people trying to get across the highway. Other times, it is just people who made unfortunate decisions."

A 69-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer's managed to make it up onto a highway overpass in Kansas City, KS, leading to his death. A toddler who managed to escape from her family's motel room and wandered onto a road was killed in May.

Sometimes people are killed when their vehicle breaks down and they head out for help. A 52-year-old man was killed this way. Others are killed when they are involved in a wreck and they get out of their vehicle and are struck by oncoming traffic.

Passing cars are going at least 55 mph and at times more than 70 mph. Mahoney said it's not worth the risk.

"The vehicles are moving so far and it's hard for a people to judge the speed of a car," he said.

If your vehicle breaks down or you are involved in a wreck, stay in your car as long as it's on the shoulder and wait for help. If you must walk, walk along the grass and find a pedestrian crossing. Never cross or walk along the interstate itself.

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