FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Springfield Police Department was dispatched to Kansas Expressway and Bennett at 5:58 a.m. on September 27 for a crash involving a 2007 Ford F150 and a bicycle. The driver of the pickup truck was identified as Rick A. Arispe, 36, of Republic. Arispe was traveling northbound on Kansas Expressway in the outside lane when his vehicle struck the bicycle which was traveling eastbound on Bennett. The bicyclist, identified as Jeffery Potts, 29, of Republic, was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. The Springfield Police Department Traffic Section responded to conduct the investigation. The driver of the pickup was uninjured. He was cooperative, and there is no indication of impairment being a factor in the crash. The preliminary investigation indicated the northbound pickup was proceeding through the intersection with the green traffic light when it struck the eastbound bicycle, who reportedly had a red light. Potts later succumbed to the injuries sustained during the crash.
This marks the eighteenth fatality crash in Springfield for 2016.
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Case number: 16-40273
Media Contact: Lisa Cox, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by: Sgt. Greg McKinney