The family of a young man killed in Kansas City last week while driving his motorcycle home from work is calling for justice after the other driver left him fatally injured in the roadway.
Casey Cline, 25, died in a hospital Friday after he was involved in a collision with a white Ford pickup that drove over him before leaving the scene, according to police. Loved ones say Cline was a father who dedicated his life to his two young children.
“We’re very angry. Mad, sad, broken. How somebody can just leave my son laying there. Just run him over and leave him there,” said Jennifer Brown, his mother.
Cline lived in Richmond, about 30 miles east of the city limits, where he grew up from the age of 2 in the care of his foster parents. He had recently left his job following a 12-hour shift at a Northland FedEx facility when he crashed into the pickup truck on North Ameristar Drive and Birmingham Road.
Police have said they were called shortly before 5 p.m. to the scene of a crash. The white Ford was traveling north as Cline was headed south, police said, when the truck turned left in front of his motorcycle. Unable to stop, Cline struck the bed of the truck, flew from his motorcycle and was run over by the pickup.
No arrests have been made. Capt. Leslie Foreman, a spokeswoman for Kansas City police, said Wednesday there were no updates in the case regarding suspects or the circumstances that led to the crash.
Brown was called with the news by her other son. She said Cline held on in the hospital for about 90 minutes before he died during surgery.
“Never thought I would be 44 years old and burying my 25-year-old son,” she said. “It’s the awfulest feeling you can ever feel. I don’t wish it on nobody.”
Brown said Cline counted many friends and possessed a smile that would light up any room. He lived for his two children, she said. He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and camping. And he loved to ride his motorcycle.
As the family grieves, Brown said they want to see the person who left the scene of the crash held accountable. She said her son deserves that at the very least.
“Call somebody and turn yourself in,” Brown said. “Give justice for my baby. He deserves that. We deserve that. His babies deserve that.”
Police are encouraging anyone with information about the crash to call the anonymous TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.