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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On July 18, 2019, at 6:54 p.m., Springfield Police Officers responded to the area of S. Campbell and W. Republic regarding a motor vehicle crash.
A gray Kia SUV, traveling northbound, struck the passenger side of an orange Mitsubishi Hatchback, traveling southbound. Officers received information that the southbound vehicle was struck by another vehicle which caused it to lose control, cross the center of the road and collide with the northbound vehicle.
The third vehicle is believed to be a stolen Budget Rental box truck. The driver of that vehicle did not remain on the scene of the crash and officers are asking for the public's assistance to identify that driver.
The driver of the Mitsubishi was identified as 43-year-old Matthew T. Brown. Brown was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
This incident is still under investigation by SPD's Traffic section. Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).
This is the ninth fatality motor vehicle crash in Springfield during 2019.
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Case number: 19-27378
Media Contact: Jasmine Bailey, Public Affairs Officer417-864-1786[email protected]Release authorized by Sgt. Brian Reeves