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Police: Pedestrian Jogged Alongside Bus Before Falling Under Wheels

Kansas City Star via YellowBrix

March 01, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO – When 12-year-old Jennifer Shockley called her mother about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, her mom sounded like she was in a hurry, so they didn’t talk long.

They made plans to spend the following weekend together and hung up.

Less than an hour later, her mother, Kimberly R. Shockley, 48, suffered fatal injuries when she was run over by an Area Transportation Authority bus in midtown.

A witness told police Shockley crossed Linwood Boulevard in front of the bus near Main Street and then tried to get the driver to stop. Police said there was not a bus stop there. The driver saw Shockley cross the street but kept going, police said.

Shockley jogged alongside it for a few moments, pounding her hand on the side, witnesses told police. It was unclear whether the driver knew she was there, police said.

As the bus turned to go north on Main Street, Shockley apparently fell under its front tires. She died at the scene. Police said the bus was traveling about 5 mph.

Police and relatives think Shockley may have wanted a ride to the Redemptorist Church in the 3300 block of Broadway, where her husband was waiting for her.

The driver was placed on routine administrative leave, said Cindy Baker, an ATA spokeswoman. She said she did not know any wreck details but said generally that “buses stop only at designated bus stops, for everyone’s safety.”

Shockley’s death stunned relatives.

“We don’t know what happened,” said Kimberly Shockley’s mother, Shirley Hunt. “She was just running after the bus.… I just can’t believe it.”

Hunt said her daughter grew up in Richmond, Mo., the oldest of three daughters, and moved out on her own while still in high school. She later moved to Florida but moved back. She recently landed a job with help from a social services counselor but hadn’t started it.

Hunt raised Shockley’s two daughters. The youngest, Jennifer, said Monday that her mother was “strong and well-loved.”

Shockley’s oldest daughter, age 24, is expecting a baby. Shockley wanted to spend this weekend with her daughters and Hunt and plan a baby shower.

“She had a lot to look forward to,” Hunt said. “She had a pure heart.”

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