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Police Still Seek Driver in Hit & Run Crash

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  Springfield police are continuing to look for the driver of a van who caused a crash Saturday, leaving another driver with critical injuries.

Sunday, police classified the crash as a hit and run.  It happened Saturday night at the intersection of North National Avenue and East Trafficway Street near Hammons Field.

The maroon 1999 Plymouth can ran the red light and was hit by a silver 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, driven by Terry Nolte, 53, of Ozark. The van spun out after being hit by the Chevrolet and rolled over.

The driver of the van fled on foot. Two passengers in the van were transported to a hospital.

Shirley Ducker, 71, of Springfield is in critical condition, according to a news release by police.

The other passenger, Sierra Claxton, 31, of Lebanon was treated at the hospital and released. Claxton was then arrested for a felony warrant out of Pulaski County. 

The release said neither Ducker or Claxton were wearing seatbelts.

The police department said the investigation is ongoing.

If anyone has information about the driver of the van involved in the crash they are urged to call the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810 or make an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 417-869-8477.

Original story:

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An injury crash at the intersection of North National Avenue and East Trafficway Street left police diverting traffic.

The crash happened Saturday night down the street from Hammons Field. 

The status of possible injuries is unknown at this time. 


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