One dead as teen driver strikes pedestrians in Overland Park - KCTV5 News

One dead as teen driver strikes pedestrians in Overland Park

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Authorities are investigating after a 17-year-old driver hit two pedestrians and killed a 52-year-old Overland Park man.

The driver was driving south on Tomahawk Road and struck the pedestrians who were standing on the west side of the road near 85th Street. Kevin Patrick Moroney died at the scene.

Maureen Hogg of Kansas City is listed in critical condition at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Neighbors jumped in to help the two, and bystanders were also angered by the driver's actions.

Authorities took a blood sample from the driver, who has not been identified, and he was released to the custody of his mother.

Moroney and Hogg were standing next to a vehicle when the Volkswagen Passat driven by the teen hit them and the parked car. This happened at 11:57 p.m. Thursday.

The driver was not injured.

After hearing the crash, neighbors raced outside to help the injured.

"We heard this God-awful explosion," Colleen Wessling said. "All of a sudden, we heard screaming out front."

Wessling, her husband and a neighbor's son were the first to reach the victims, and the neighbor's son immediately sprang into action.

"He said, 'We've got to flip him over and start CPR. So he turned him over and when he did, I was like, 'Oh my God, that's Kevin," Wessling recalled.

She said they had been neighbors for 10 years. Wessling said the teen driver's actions angered her.

"He kept screaming, 'He hit me! He hit me! He hit my car!'" she recalled.

Wessling said that scenario was impossible.

"There is no way when your front end is clear up into your dash and the girlfriend's car (Moroney's) was hit from behind," Wessling said.

Carl Walters, who lives in the neighborhood, remembered Moroney for his care for his family and compassion for others including performing handyman tasks.

"It's sad," he said.

Those on KCTV5's Facebook page said Moroney was an usher at an area church.

The Overland Park Traffic Safety Unit is investigating the crash.

"Any and all charges that may be related to the crash are pending," according to a news release from the Overland Park Police Department.

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