FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2019
SPD Investigates Fatal Traffic Crash on US 65
On May 13th, at approximately 7:05 p.m., the Springfield Police Department responded to a motor vehicle crash at 1610 N. US 65 involving two vehicles.
A black Dodge Durango operated by Mikaila Koch, 17, of Bolivar, Missouri was northbound on US 65 when it struck the rear of a white 2016 Chevy Cruze operated by Clorissa Tilden, 37, of Reeds Springs, Missouri.
The Chevy Cruze went off the roadway and struck a guardrail killing an 11-year old female passenger. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Tilden and a 16-year-old passenger were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation is on-going. Next of kin have been notified and impairment was not believed to be a factor in this crash.
The Springfield Police Department expresses its condolences to the family.
This marks the fourth fatality crash in Springfield in 2019.
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Case number: 19-18096
Media Contact: PAO Jasmine Bailey
Release authorized by Lt. Robert Byrne