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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
At 11:02 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2019, officers with the Springfield Police Department responded to the area of Kansas Expressway and Interstate 44 regarding a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian.
A red 2000 Jeep Wrangler, driven by 37-year-old Laine Smith of Springfield was entering the westbound merge lane onto Interstate 44 from southbound Kansas Expressway when it struck a female pedestrian who was walking in the roadway of the merge lane. The pedestrian was transported by EMS to an area medical facility where she died from injuries related to the crash.
The pedestrian has been identified as 45-year-old Deanna R Fink-Gonzalez. Impairment is not suspected at this time. The investigation is on-going as to the circumstances involved in the crash.
This is SPD's eleventh fatality motor vehicle crash of 2019.
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Incident #: SPD19-38646
Media Contact: Jasmine Bailey, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: 864-1786 Email: JNBailey@Springfieldmo.gov
Release authorized by Lt. Robert Byrne