Teen driver hits, kills 51-year-old man whom she thought was a mailbox

Teen driver hits, kills 51-year-old man whom she thought was a mailbox

Teen driver hits, kills 51-year-old man whom she thought was a mailbox

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Posted on October 18, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 18 at 4:13 PM

(KMOV) – A 51-year-old man was killed when a 16-year-old driver struck the man while he was fixing his mailbox.

The accident happened in the 3700 block of Cappeln Osage Road.

Police say they believe the teen driver was distracted by her cell phone when she hit Gary Schuster. She had just reportedly ended a phone call when she struck what she thought was a mailbox. She continued driving, and after picking up another passenger, she drove back to the scene of the accident to discover emergency officials on site.

Schuster was dead at the scene.

The driver is cooperating in the investigation. She has not been charged.

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