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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
At 5:14 P.M., on November 20, 2018, Springfield police were dispatched to the intersection of Campbell and University regarding a vehicle that had struck a pedestrian. When officers arrived, they found a seriously injured female victim lying in the street. Witnesses advised officers that the victim had been struck by a vehicle and the suspect vehicle had left the scene. Officers immediately began life-saving measures. The victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital where she later died from her injuries.
Officers at the scene quickly discovered that the suspect had fled south to Campbell and Sunshine and collided with another vehicle. Witnesses of the first incident followed the suspect to Campbell and Sunshine and prevented the suspect from escaping. Officers were able to take the suspect into custody at that location.
As officers began their investigation of both incidents, they obtained information and evidence that the driver of the suspect vehicle may have intentionally struck the victim pedestrian. A homicide investigation was initiated at that time.
The victim was identified as Barbara E. Foster, a 57-year-old female from Springfield. Next-of-kin notifications have been made for the victim. The suspect was identified as Elizabeth H. McKeown, a 46-year-old female from Springfield.
Detectives continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-8477.
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Case number: 18-46731
Media Contact: PAO Jasmine Bailey417-864-1786[email protected]
Release authorized by: Lt. Culley Wilson