A 28-year-old Blue Springs man was hit and killed while trying to walk across Interstate 70 Wednesday morning.
Investigators said David Ross Ritchie died after he was hit just after 6 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the interstate near Adams Dairy Parkway.
Drivers said they tried to avoid hitting the man.
"I had a half a second to react. I didn't want to swerve and cause a pile up and cause more people to lose their lives," 20-year-old Charles Williams said.
Williams was driving his car home from work when the car in front of him swerved to avoid something in the roadway. He couldn't avoid what happened next.
"It was such a hard impact that it lifted my right front tire of the ground," he said.
Williams called his mother because he had made a disturbing discovery. She rushed to the scene.
"That is when he realized it wasn't an animal. It was a dead body," William's mother, Laura Munger, said.
Several drivers hit Ritchie, including Williams who stopped and waited for investigators.
"Horrible. The worst feeling I've ever felt. My stomach dropped. I felt like I was going to throw up. I started shaking," he said.
Along the stretch of I-70 near the scene of the accident is a shopping center and several restaurants. Witnesses believe Ritchie was walking home from work when he was hit.
He normally walked home a different route.
"I can't make an accurate guess on how many people may have hit him. I know I wish I wasn't one of them. It's a lot to take in," Williams said.
Investigators interviewed several other witnesses and drivers who hit Ritchie and stayed at the scene.
Ritchie's family issued the following statement:
Today our hearts are broken. We lost our son/brother. David was a man who knew no strangers. Who lived for Boise State Football, Walmart and Special Olympics. He was a kind gentle man who kept track of friends near and far. We will miss him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the driver of the car.
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