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Victim Identified in Fatal Pedestrian Accident

The Springfield Police Department has identified the woman killed in a bizarre accident on Tuesday morning.

A 72-year-old man driving a Ford Escape southbound on Fremont had a medical emergency as he approached the intersection of Fremont and Woodland. The car left the roadway and struck 83-year-old Phyllis Tinsley of Springfield before driving into the backyard of a home.

Tinsley died at the scene as a result of her injuries according to the SPD’s updated report. The driver of the vehicle was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police do not believe impairment to be a factor in the incident. This is the second fatal motor vehicle crash in 2021 for the SPD.

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