Pedestrian killed by racing car in Kansas City - another victim of too-fast, careless driving during the pandemic [salinapost.com]

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A 23-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car racing down the street early Sunday in Kansas City police said. . . .

Witnesses told police that two vehicles were racing southbound on Main Street, and one of the vehicles struck the victim as she crossed the street. The woman died at the scene.

MoBikeFed comment: Racing and fast driving in general seem to be on the upswing in Missouri--a reaction to emptier streets and stress of the COVID pandemic and the difficulties it is bringing.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that Missouri is outpacing the state's 2019 traffic fatalities so far this year by about 10%, even though there has been a large reduction in vehicle miles traveled due to coronavirus restrictions.

The difference must, in large part, but due to faster driving, more careless driving, and perhaps issues such as reduced seat belt use.

Many of our members from across the state, along with law enforcement officials from around Missouri, have noted a dramatic increase in the amount of very fast driving on local streets since the coronavirus restrictions started.

Most of us feel that this fast driving is dangerous, and the statewide statistics and cases such as Zahara Kathawalla's needless death, reinforce it.

Drivers--please slow down. Our lives depend on it.