June 17, 2021

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Criminal investigation underway after two hurt in overnight crash in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – A criminal investigation is underway after two people suffered serious injuries from an overnight crash in Springfield.

One vehicle involved in the crash had been stolen. The driver of the stolen vehicle was also a wanted fugitive, according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash happened just before 3 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Sunshine Street and Glenstone Avenue (Business U.S. 65), according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Just before then, a Greene County deputy spotted a suspicious vehicle near the area of Fremont and Seminole. The deputy followed the vehicle, which the Greene County Sheriff’s Office believed was stolen based on police reports.

While trying to catch up to the suspect vehicle, a deputy observed the crash near the Sunshine and Glenstone intersection.

Investigators say a driver in a 2011 Mazda 3 failed to yield at the intersection and struck a 2012 Ford Fusion. The driver who failed to yield was ejected from the car, according to the MSHP crash report. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office believes one of the cars involved in the crash may have been stolen.

A 21-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman are both hospitalized with serious injuries, per MSHP. The driver of the Mazda 3 was ejected upon impact, while debris from the crash caused damage to two other vehicles parked in the area.

Greene County will conduct a criminal investigation related to the suspect’s actions. The suspect is also accused of felony possession of illegal narcotics, possession of a firearm and possible DUI, per the sheriff’s office. The suspect has not yet been identified or formally charged.

The driver of the suspect vehicle had been detained at the scene, but no charges have been filed yet, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash. Additional details are limited. We will update as more information becomes available.

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