‘Felt like eternity’: Wife of Chiefs fan killed in hit-and-run still looking for answers

Laurie Hickle is still searching for answers more than 40 days after her husband Steven Hickle died from injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run crash outside of Arrowhead Stadium.

Hickle said her last conversation with Kansas City police was several weeks ago. Police told her then that they had located one of the vehicles that struck her husband.

Hickle said she is frustrated that none of the drivers who may have been responsible for her husband’s death have stepped forward or cooperated with police.

“It’s like they don’t have a conscience,” Hickle told The Star on Monday. “How can somebody hit and kill a man and not have a conscience about what they did?”

Capt. Leslie Foreman, a police spokeswoman said Monday investigators are making some progress in this case, but still need the public’s assistance. There were no new details.

Steven Hickle had tried to stop traffic before crossing a road Oct. 10 after the leaving the stadium amid a rain delay during the Kansas City Chiefs game against the Buffalo Bills.

The hit-and-run that killed Steven Hickle was not the last life-threatening collision near the Truman Sports Complex.

A pedestrian was seriously injured Sunday when he was struck by a sedan. Officers responded to the collision shortly before 3:50 p.m. at Royal Way and Dubiner Circle.

Investigators said that the pedestrian, a 49-year-old man from Omaha, Nebraska, was struck by a Chrysler sedan that was heading westbound on Dubiner Circle. The driver stopped at the scene, police said.

Laurie Hickle and her husband Steve, 66, who was killed last month in a hit and run accident outside of Arrowhead Stadium. The Wichita couple had been longtime season ticket holders and decided to leave the game following a rain delay. Steve Hickle was struck by three vehicles as he tried to stop traffic so he and his wife could cross the street to get to the vehicle parked in a nearby church parking lot.

Before the collision on Oct. 10, Hickle said her husband grew frustrated while they waited inside a crowded concourse during the the rain delay. Because of the inclement weather, fans were instructed to wait in the concourse for their safety.

“So everybody was crammed packed. It was just jammed with people,” she said. “It was filled with a bunch of drunk people, they didn’t have nothing else to do. So they just were buying beer and everybody was just squished inside.”

Hoping to beat the traffic, Hickle said her husband decided to leave and said, “let’s go, they’re not going to start the game anytime soon.”

Once outside the stadium, Hickle said they tried to cross Blue Ridge Cutoff from the west near Gate 2 at the stadium. But the traffic was congested and none of the motorists were willing to stop to let them cross.

Because the game wasn’t over yet, traffic crews were not on scene to help traffic exit the stadium, police have said.

Hickle said they waited for some time until her husband said the only way they were going to get the traffic to stop was to motion with their hands to ask the drivers to stop.

“And this truck was going full force, I mean it was just flying at him,” Hickle said. “And he (Steven Hickle) stuck his hand up like, hey — stop, stop and the truck just hit him so hard. It threw him in the air.”

The driver of that vehicle fled the scene without stopping, police said.

The impact threw her husband into an adjacent lane of traffic, Hickle said, and a second vehicle struck and ran over him. He was then run over by a third vehicle, she said, before she immediately rushed in her husband’s aid.

“It took forever for the police to get there. It took forever for the ambulance to get there,” she said. “It was just like nobody was in a hurry.

“Here he had just been crushed by three vehicles and nobody was in a hurry to get him to the hospital. Maybe it was just me but it felt like eternity for them to come get him,” Hickle said.

Steven Hickle was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

Laurie Hickle and her husband Steve, 66, who was killed last month in a hit and run accident outside of Arrowhead Stadium. The Wichita couple had been longtime season ticket holders and decided to leave the game following a rain delay. Steve Hickle was struck by three vehicles as he tried to stop traffic so he and his wife could cross the street to get to the vehicle parked in a nearby church parking lot.

The day after Hickle’s death, bicycle and pedestrian safety advocates renewed calls to make the area surrounding the stadiums safer. They said that such a tragedy was inevitable with the way that the streets are designed.

One of the simplest, quickest and cheapest fixes would be to set up a few crosswalks in the area with barriers to create pedestrian refuges or safe havens, they said.

Kansas City officials said that before the hit-and-run on Oct. 10 the area was already being evaluated for pedestrian safety improvements.

“This location is already being evaluated by the Vision Zero team and we have already begun work with Jackson county to improve pedestrian safety through enhanced lighting, narrowing travel lanes, curb extensions, and potentially speed humps and traffic signals at crossings,” Jason Waldron, transportation director in Kansas City’s Public Works department, said in a statement at the time.

The Kansas City City Council in May 2020 passed the Vision Zero resolution, which aims to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on the city’s streets by 2030 while “increasing safe, health, equitable mobility for everyone.”

Steven Hickle, 66, of Wichita, (center), was killed last month in a hit and run accident outside of Arrowhead Stadium. Hickle, along with his wife Laurie, were longtime season ticket holders and decided to leave the game following a rain delay. Steve Hickle was struck by three vehicles as he tried to stop traffic so he and his wife could cross the street to get to the vehicle parked in a nearby church parking lot.

Steven and Laurie Hickle met 22 years ago while they were both serving in the U.S. Navy. They moved to Kansas after they retired from the military and soon after began attending Chiefs home games. They were longtime season ticket holders.

The couple had been married for 20 years. They have a 21-year-old daughter as was as children from each of their previous marriages, she said.

In retirement, Hickle said her husband volunteered at the American Legion post in Wichita and enjoyed playing golf and racing dirt bikes.

She described him as a very compassionate, wonderful man, who loved his family.

“We had so much planned for the future,” Hickle said. “So this drunk person that was driving that truck just took away my future.”

Hickle said more needs to be done to prevent from pedestrians from being injured or killed by drunk motorists.

“The problem is when these people are drinking and driving, they don’t think twice about it. It’s like they don’t have a conscience,” she said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).