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Fewer than 20% of fatal accidents occur in Midtown
Kansas City traffic fatalities through September are down some from last year and not that many occurred in Midtown, police reported last week.
There were 48 collisions that killed 50 people, four fewer than at that time last year.
In another, a rear passenger fell out of a car on 71 Highway and Linwood Boulevard and was hit by several vehicles. A pedestrian also died near 42nd Street and Prospect Avenue when he stood in the street and was hit by a vehicle.
Citywide, alcohol or drugs played a role in about a third of the fatal accidents and in about two thirds of them people were not wearing seatbelts, police reported. Almost nine out of 10 victims were male and the most common age range of victims was between 20 and 29.
That meshes with other statistics that indicate looking for the heart of Saturday night carries its risks.
By far the most common time for the accidents was from 12:01 a.m. to 4 a.m. and the most common days were Fridays and Saturdays.
I-435 and I-70 ranked first in that period with 544 accidents with a leading cause of following too close.