FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2021
Springfield Police Investigate Fatality Crash
Springfield police were dispatched to the intersection of Glenstone and Portland at 9:26 P.M., on December 11, 2021, regarding a motor vehicle crash involving two passenger cars.
The initial investigation indicated a 2017 Dodge Charger was driving southbound on Glenstone at a high rate of speed and was approaching the intersection of Glenstone and Portland. A 2005 Saturn L300 traveling north on Glenstone turned left to travel west on Portland. The Dodge Charger struck the Saturn L300 in the intersection. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The drivers were the only occupants in both vehicles. The driver of the Saturn L300 later died at the hospital.
The driver of the Saturn L300 was identified as Colby Compton, a 32-year-old male from Springfield. Mr. Compton's family has been notified.
The driver of the 2017 Dodge Charger, Jarol Leiva-Navarro, was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. No charges have been filed at this time as lab results are pending and the investigation is ongoing.
Officers with the department's Traffic Section are asking anyone who has additional information to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810.
This motor vehicle crash marks the 30th traffic fatality in Springfield in 2021.
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Case number: 21-44348
Media Contact: Lt. Jennifer Charleston
Release authorized by: Capt. Culley Wilson