by Alan McArthur
A 14-year-old Oak Park High School freshman was struck and later died while attempting to cross Interstate 29 on Saturday night near Barry Road.
Jesse T. Burd, of Kansas City, was struck by a 2002 Acura driven by Jonathan O'Reilly, 24, of Kansas City, at 10:05 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23.
Burd later died at Children's Mercy Hospital on Monday, Aug. 25 shortly after noon. He was originally taken to North Kansas City Hospital, but was later moved to Children's Mercy.
Reportedly, Burd and a group of teenagers were attempting to get across the highway to a fast food restaurant after seeing a movie at the AMC Barrywoods 24.
The Missouri Department of Transportation installed a four-foot tall fence on top of the three-foot concrete median in April to prevent people from going across the highway. The project cost $63,088 for the 4,500 feet of fencing south from the Barry Road overpass.
Burd was struck in the southbound lanes of the highway after climbing over the fence.
Multiple other pedestrians had previously been struck at that location trying to cross the interstate. Pedestrians had often crossed at that location, going to and from a movie theater complex that sits on the east side of the interstate.
O'Reilly was not cited by the Missouri Highway Patrol in the accident.
On Tuesday two Internet community groups had been created in memory of Burd, each group had around 150 members. Many students from Oak Park High School had left messages in the group on the web.