Boy dies following crash involving Postal Service truck in Kansas City MO

News media in Kansas City are reporting that a 13 year old boy died from injuries received when the car he was a passenger in was struck by a US Postal Service 18-wheeler.

From KCTV in Kansas City:

A 13-year-old boy has died following a car crash involving a U.S. Postal Service truck.

Police say the crash involved the postal truck and a second vehicle that had multiple people, including the boy, inside. It happened about 8:30 a.m. at East 18th Street and Benton Boulevard.

A witness told KCTV5 that the vehicle was westbound on 18th Street and was turning left to go south on Benton when the crash happened. The witness said the Postal Service truck was eastbound on 18th Street when they believe it ran a stop sign and hit the family’s vehicle.

And from WDAF TV Kansas City:

The 13-year-old boy and three other children, ranging in age from six to 10, were transported to an area hospital. A 30-year-old driver of the Chrysler sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The 59-year-old driver of the postal vehicle was not injured.

KMBC published this photo of the accident scene:

Read more: Boy dies following car crash involving Postal Service truck – KCTV5.

  • Mr. Postman

    Google maps in street view shows the intersection as a 4-way stop, with stop signs on all 4 corners, and all traffic must stop. There’s no way the postal semi could have stopped, proceeded into the intersection, and broadside a car turning in front of him with that much force. The driver of the postal semi had to run the stop sign for the damage pictured to the car.

    I don’t think the semi’s driver could claim he didn’t see the stop sign either. He probably drives the same way every day. He was in a hurry to “beat the clock,” and a 13 year old boy lost.

  • common sense

    The news stories mentioned that the intersection is a 4-way stop, and that witnesses said the truck ran the stop sign. Beyond that, though, your comment is pure speculation not based on any facts. You do not know if this was the first time the guy drove through this particular intersection. The suggestion that a truck driver would routinely blow through a stop sign on a route he drives “every day” is just stupid.

    I strongly suspect that the truck driver behaved carelessly, maybe even recklessly, but I don’t know for sure- and neither do you. Pretending you know exactly what happened when you obviously don’t is pretty dumb.

  • Mr. Postman

    Well now…

    – You called me “stupid.”
    – You called me “dumb.”

    Help me out, everybody. What does everybody else think about “common sense’s” reply to me?

  • truth hurts

    Well he wasn’t very polite, but he was right- you don’t know what happened. There are any number of possible explanations for this tragedy, but you have absolutely no way of knowing what the truth is. Pretending you do is actually pretty stupid.

  • everybody

    He explained why he called you stupid and dumb. Maybe you should explain why you’re not? Start by telling us how you know this particular truck driver’s driving habits. Do you know him personally? Or do you just assume any truck driver involved in an accident is at fault?

  • Mr. Postman

    I think it’s fairly safe to say this truck driver was at fault. Plainly marked traffic signs, flashing red light above the stop sign, witnesses, a 13 year old boy died.

    What more proof do you need? A smoking gun?

    The USPS pushes everyone to the envelope. Most of the time, when a postal employee is involved in a vehicular accident, they say they were in a hurry. I’ll bet I heard this a hundred times in safety talks.

    You can never drive too fast for the USPS until you get into an accident.

  • common sense

    I guess you didn’t actually read my comment. I said “The news stories mentioned that the intersection is a 4-way stop, and that witnesses said the truck ran the stop sign.”

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure, based on that, that their is every likelihood that the truck driver was at fault. But I don’t KNOW that, and neither do you.

    And unless you happen to be God Almighty, you DO NOT know for certain what goes on in the mind of every USPS employee or contractor, or how they drive, or whether their supervisor is an idiot or a saint. The fact that you pretend to is what makes you “stupid” and “dumb”.

    I’m sick of ignorant mouth breathers like you who have to post their dopey comments every time there’s a tragedy. Do us all a favor and crawl back inyto your hole.

  • Mr. Postman

    Such a temper! All I did was make a comment about the accident, and who was most likely at fault, and why I thought so.

    You come flying out of the woodwork in obvious defense of the truck driver, resorting to calling me all kinds of degrading names.

    You’re clearly more sympathetic to the driver of the truck instead of the child that died. You talk about the truck driver, USPS employees, contractors, supervisors, and everything else, but you mention ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the innocent victim who died! Why? Is it because the young man was black instead of white?

    What would the boy’s family think of YOUR comments?

    I’m not God Almighty, but I’m going to preach something the USPS pounded into us a long time ago. Here it is –

    “EVERY ACCIDENT IS PREVENTABLE!”

    If the truck driver had obeyed the traffic laws, and stopped at the corner, this accident would never have happened.