FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 24, 2017 Update — The Springfield Police Department investigated a serious injury crash on at 8:01 p.m. on Dec. 16 at National and Trafficway. A maroon 1999 Plymouth van operated by Sierra Claxton, 31, of Lebanon, was northbound on National and ran a red light. It was struck by a silver 2010 Chevrolet Traverse driven by Terry Nolte, 53, of Ozark, traveling eastbound. The van spun and rolled. Claxton and her passenger Shirley Ducker, 71, of Springfield were transported to a hospital. Ducker succumbed to her injuries on at 6:43 p.m. on Dec. 23. Claxton was treated and released from the hospital and arrested for a warrant. Neither Ducker or Claxton were wearing seat belts. The investigation is ongoing, so it is possible that Claxton could face further charges.
This marks the seventeenth fatal crash for 2017.
Dec. 19, 2017 update -- Springfield police developed information that the suspect driver in this case is Sierra Claxton. Claxton was originally believed to be a passenger in the van. Many individuals were involved in the crash and there were also several rushing to the scene to help, which may have caused some confusion as officers gathered information from witnesses.
Investigators located video evidence from a nearby business minutes prior to the crash which showed Claxton entering the driver’s seat of the vehicle and driving away. Today, she was questioned at the Greene County Jail, and statements confirming she was driving the van at the time of the crash were obtained. Claxton is awaiting extradition to Pulaski County for the felony drug warrant she was arrested for following the crash. Investigators will present their findings to the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney at a future date to determine appropriate charges in this case. The victim, Shirley Ducker, remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Dec. 17, 2017 -- Springfield police officers were dispatched to a serious injury crash at 8:01 p.m. on Dec. 16 at National and Trafficway. A maroon 1999 Plymouth van operated by an unknown male was northbound on National and ran a red light. It was struck by a silver 2010 Chevrolet Traverse driven by Terry Nolte, 53, of Ozark, which was travelling eastbound. The van spun and rolled. The driver fled the scene on foot. Two passengers from the van were transported to the hospital: Shirley Ducker, 71, of Springfield, and Sierra Claxton, 31, of Lebanon. Ducker is in critical condition. Claxton was treated and released and then arrested for a felony warrant out of Pulaski County. Neither Ducker or Claxton were wearing seat belts. It is unknown if impairment was a factor in the crash. The investigation is ongoing.
If anyone has any information about the driver involved in this crash, please call the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 417-869-8477.
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Case number: 17-55554
Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by: Lt. Stacey Parton