One driver in Springfield crash dies


Two CareFlight helicopters responded to Springfield on Sunday night after police said a pickup truck collided with a motorcycle and then rammed into a building.

Monday morning we have learned that the driver of that pickup truck, 65-year-old Peter Stephens of Springfield, has died.

Police are still investigating the crash that also sent two motorcycle riders to the hospital. It’s possible that Stephens may have been suffering from a medical emergency at the time of the crash, police said. An autopsy will be performed to determine his cause of death.

According to preliminary reports, the truck hit the motorcycle near the intersection of Limestone Street and East Harding Road at about 7 p.m. Stephens then crashed the pickup into a building near Kensington Place that houses a sporting goods store and a newly created job training center run by Champaign Residential Services Inc.

It appears the pickup jumped a curb, traveled through a Rally’s parking lot, hit a light pole and eventually smashed into the store.

Stephens was taken by helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital where he died Monday morning.

The driver of the motorcycle, 26-year-old Brandon Nokes, was taken via ambulance to Springfield Regional Medical Center with unknown injuries. His passenger, 23-year-old Emlyn Bowles, was taken via helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital where she was listed in serious condition Monday morning.

The CRSI job center, which will serve adults with developmental disabilities, held a ribbon cutting last week. It’s official opening was delayed today because of the damage to the building.


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