Officer Meyers was conducting a traffic
accident investigation along I-29 near
Tiffany Springs Road at approximately
10:54 a.m. involving a minor accident
where a jeep had struck a concrete median.
Officer Meyers witnessed the jeep strike the concrete median,
then spin around and come to rest facing north
in the innermost southbound lane. Officer Meyers turned around and was providing assistance to the driver of the Jeep, protecting the driver in the heavy mid-day traffic on I-29 using squad cars red lights. A tow
truck was stopped north of the jeep and
Meyers' squad car was parked behind the
tow truck. Meyers, along with the driver of
the Jeep and one passenger, was standing
near the jeep while the tow truck driver
was under the Jeep, examining the damage.
A southbound car passed the patrol car
and tow truck, then swerved into the left
lane where it struck Meyers; struck and
injured the three civilians and struck the Jeep.
The drunk driver, Larry Bittick, whose BAC was three
times the legal limit, was charged with
assault on a law enforcement officer,
a class B felony, and three counts
of assault. The suspect was sentenced:
COUNT 1 - Assault of a Law Enforcement Officer 2nd degree - 15 years.
COUNT 2 - Assault in the 2nd degree - 5 years & a fine of $2000.
COUNT 3 - Assault in the 2nd degree - 5 years & a fine of $2000.
COUNT 4 - Assault in the 2nd degree - 5 years & a fine of $2000.
Officer Meyers (53) was a 25 year veteran
in law enforcement. He worked at the Gladstone
and Riverside Police Departments before
joining the Kansas City Police Department
in 1985 where he earned three Meritorious
Service Awards and 39 letters of commendation
during his career. He is survived by his
wife, Trudy, son, Troy, daughter, Tracy, mother, Elizabeth and brother, Charles.
Interred: Mount Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery.