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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On Feb. 23rd at 10:49 AM, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to a single-vehicle accident at Division Street and Johnson Avenue. A 2013 Mini Cooper, driven by 47-year-old Bradley Benson of Beaverton, Oregon, was traveling westbound. The vehicle crossed the eastbound lanes and ran off the south side of the road, striking a utility pole and rolling over.
Both Benson and the female passenger, 45-year-old Sharon Holesapple of Springfield, were transported to Mercy Hospital where Holesapple died from her injuries. Benson is listed in stable condition.
Neither victim was wearing a seatbelt. Next of kin has been notified and the investigation is on-going. This the third fatal accident and fourth traffic fatality this year in Springfield.
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Case number: 20-6992
Media Contact: PAO Jasmine Bailey417-864-1786JnBailey@Springfieldmo.gov
Release authorized by Lt. Robert Byrne