In a press release from the Springfield Police Department, new details, including the name of the victim, have been released regarding a fatal crash in Springfield over the weekend.
According to police, they responded to the area of Kearney and Robberson Sunday night and found a vehicle unable to operate. Authorities contact a tow truck company to move the vehicle.
As the tow truck was moving the vehicle, officers blocked the intersection to protect the driver of the truck.
It was at that time that 18-year-old Blake Jones approached the scene on a motorcycle traveling at, according to officers, a high-rate of speed.
When Jones attempted to stop, he lost control of the motorcycle, hit a utility pole, and then collided with the vehicle being towed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The press release from SPD can be seen below:
Springfield police were investigating a motor vehicle crash at Kearney and Robberson on July 10, 2022, that had occurred at 8:26 p.m.
During the investigation, officers used a patrol car with emergency lights to block the westbound lanes, allowing a tow truck to tow the disabled vehicle.
At 9:10 p.m., a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle traveling west on Kearney approached the previous accident scene at a high rate of speed.
The driver lost control of the motorcycle, left the roadway, struck a utility pole, and finally, the vehicle being towed.
Officers immediately rendered aid to the motorcycle rider, but he died at the scene.
The motorcycle driver was identified as Blake Jones, 18, from Springfield. Jones’ 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 who has information about this incident to contact the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810.
This was the 11th fatal motor vehicle crash in Springfield in 2022.