One person died and two others were hospitalized after a two-vehicle crash in Springfield Sunday afternoon.
Springfield police said a Camry Toyota was going east on John Street around 4:15 p.m. when a SUV that was speeding drove through a stop sign at Portage Path, smashing into the driver’s side of the vehicle.
The Camry came to a rest against a telephone pole.
The female driver of the Camry died. The female passenger was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital. The male driver of the Saturn Vue was also injured.
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Witnesses said three passengers from the Saturn Vue fled the scene, police said.
Marcus Settles, a Springfield resident and family member of the fatal victim, said “she was just a mother.”
“She really enjoyed life, she was a great person, and she was a great friend of mine,” he said. “She was a friend to be around, a lot of fun. We had a lot of good times, and we enjoyed life together. I remember her as just an all around good person who enjoyed life.”
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This news organization is not naming the victim until officials notify all next of kin and release her identity.
Speed is believed to be a factor in this crash. Police have not said if the driver of the SUV will face charges.