FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2021
Springfield Police Investigate Traffic Fatality at Kearney and Barnes
On March 29, 2021, at 8:22 a.m., officers with the Springfield Police Department’s Traffic Section responded to the intersection of Kearney and Barnes regarding a motor vehicle crash.
A 2009 Hyundai Sonata, driven by 54-year-old Thenia Evans from Brighton, MO, was driving westbound in the inside lane of Kearney approaching Barnes. The Hyundai then struck the rear of a 2016 Ford F-150 pickup, driven by 41-year-old Richard Bransberger of Strafford, MO, which was stopped at a red traffic signal. Evans was transported to an area hospital following the crash where she was pronounced deceased. Bransberger was not injured. Next of kin has been notified.
The investigation is on-going as to the circumstances involved in the crash. Impairment does not appear to be a factor. This is the fifth fatal motor vehicle crash in Springfield in 2021.
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SPD Case #: 21-10279
Media Contact Jasmine Bailey, Public Affairs Officer
Release authorized by Lt. Byrne