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Fatal crashes cause emotional drain for first responders

The KC Metro recorded 13 traffic deaths in one week span

Jim Cunningham
July 17, 2017 - 6:15 am

Law enforcement officials in the Kansas City metro area are dealing with 13 traffic fatalities in the past week.

The latest person to die, 34-year-old Ryan Prince of Raymore, who crashed a motorcycle at a high rate of speed around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. 

"That's the last thing we want to do is dealing with picking up the pieces of those crashes and doing investigations, and then notifying those loved ones that their family aren't coming home because of choices that were made," said Sgt. Collin Stosberg, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Stosberg has notified family members of fatalities 18 times in his career. He remembers all of them.

Kansas City Police Sgt. Bill Mahoney serious crashes sometimes keep him up at night. Despite the stress, he says, it is his duty to gather all the facts from the accident site.

"It's critical that we get everything mapped and we get all the evidence recorded because that's going to relate directly to what our conclusions are," Mohoney said. "Sometimes shutting down the roadway is something we have to do -- (the officers) will literally be on their hands and knees, looking for very feint tire marks."

There were 39 fatalities in Kansas City, Missouri by this time last year. There have been 52 so far this year.

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