The Springfield Police Department investigated two separate traffic fatalities last week, bringing the total number of traffic fatalities in the city this year to 25.
Springfield is on pace to fall short of the record-setting 30 traffic deaths in 2021. The 2021 record eclipsed the previous record of 27 traffic fatalities in the city, which was set in 2020.
The first of last week's fatal crashes occurred Wednesday at 9:22 p.m. at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Plainview Road. Police say a pedestrian, 45-year-old Christopher Fleming of Springfield, died after being hit by two vehicles as he was walking across Campbell Avenue.
The second fatal crash occurred Saturday at 3:18 p.m. on North Glenstone Avenue near Interstate 44. Police say Rita Deckard, 57 of Marshfield, died after her Scion XB was hit by a northbound vehicle when she was trying to turn left onto the interstate. Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to police.
Anyone with information on either of last week's fatal crashes is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).
This article originally appeared on Springfield News-Leader: Fatal traffic crashes in Springfield not on pace to break 2021 record