February 20, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Fatality Accident Update

Yesterday, the SPD worked a double fatality accident involving a Jeep Cherokee and a Chevy Silverado at the intersection of Scenic and Elm. Details surrounding the incident were released yesterday concerning the accident and final notifications of family members have been made.

The first fatality and driver of the Jeep Cherokee was identified as Kathy L. Newman (w/f 4/22/51) of Springfield. The second fatality and an occupant of the Chevy Silverado has been identified as Joshua W. Sportman (w/m 11/14/87) of Springfield.

The second occupant of the Silverado was identified yesterday and the investigation is ongoing in an attempt to identify who was operating the vehicle at the time of the crash.

The preliminary investigation shows speed and a failure to stop at a designated sign are the major contributing factors to the fatality, however impairment could also be a factor.

SPD Case Number: 12-6829
Media Contact: Cpl. Matt Brown, phone: 417-864-1786
Release authorized by: Sgt. Tom Royal

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
417-864-1810 • springfieldmo.gov/spd