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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
At 8:07 P.M. on November 26, 2018, officers from the Springfield Police Department witnessed a crash in the intersection of Chestnut Expressway and Main. The crash involved a motorcycle, driven by 36-year-old Bruce Compton of Battlefield, MO, and a sports utility vehicle, driven by 35-year-old Nathan Leaf of Springfield, MO.
Officers witnessed the motorcycle traveling on Chestnut Expressway at a high rate of speed and passing other vehicles on the road. The driver of the motorcycle disobeyed the red traffic signal at Main and Chestnut and struck the SUV in the intersection. Compton was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel. There was no impairment discovered on the part of the SUV driver. The incident is under investigation by the Traffic Section of the Springfield Police Department. Compton’s next of kin has been notified.
This marks the Springfield Police Department's 16th fatal crash for 2018.
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Case number: 18-47482
Media Contact: PAO Jasmine Bailey417-864-1786JnBailey@Springfieldmo.gov
Release authorized by: Lt. Robert Byrne