Dec. 4, 2022
Driver killed in two-vehicle crash
Springfield, Mo. – On Dec. 3, 2022, at 3:18 p.m., officers with the Springfield Police Department responded to a two-vehicle crash near Glenstone Ave., and Interstate 44.
Rita Deckard, 57, of Marshfield, was driving a red 2009 Toyota Scion XB southbound on Glenstone. Deckard made a left turn onto eastbound I-44 when the Toyota was hit by a northbound red 2022 Tesla Model 3, driven by Alan Jones, 22, of Carthage. Both vehicles left the roadway northeast of the intersection after the collision. The driver and passenger of the Tesla were transported to the hospital with moderate injuries.
Deckard was pronounced dead on scene. Deckard’s family has been notified.
Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash; however, impairment is not. The circumstances involved in the crash are under investigation. Anyone with information about the crash is encouraged to call the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).
This is Springfield’s 25th fatal vehicle crash in 2022.
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Case number: 22-39072
Media Contact: PAO Cris Swaters
Release authorized by Lt. Jeremy Anderson