August 1, 2022
Pedestrian death in motor vehicle crash ruled a suicide
Springfield, Mo. – During the follow-up investigation of the fatal vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on April 27, 2022, it was determined that Harrison Charlesworth, 33, from Springfield, intentionally walked in front of the dump truck.
The Greene County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Charlesworth’s manner of death a suicide. Based on this information, this incident will not be classified as a fatal motor vehicle crash. There have been 12 fatal motor vehicle crashes in Springfield in 2022.
Springfield Police responded to the area of US Highway 65 and Battlefield Road on April 27, 2022, at 9:29 a.m., regarding a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian.
According to the initial investigation, a 1997 International 490 dump truck was southbound in the right, outside lane of US Highway 65, south of Battlefield. The pedestrian was walking along the southbound US Highway 65 shoulder when he stepped into the right, outside lane of traffic and was struck by the dump truck. The dump truck swerved into the middle lane while attempting to avoid hitting the pedestrian and hit a red 2022 Chevrolet truck.
The pedestrian, identified as Harrison Charlesworth, 33, from Springfield, was transported to a local hospital, where he later died. Charlesworth's family has been notified.
Officers with the department's Traffic Section are continuing to investigate the circumstances involved in the crash and are asking anyone with additional information to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810.
This was the fifth fatality motor vehicle crash in Springfield in 2022.
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Case number: 22-13192
Media Contact: PAO Cris Swaters
Release authorized by Lt. Jeremy Ander