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Two Arrested in Connection With Fatal Hit-and-Run

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Police have arrested two people after a chase this morning that ended with a car crashing into a west-side business building. The pair was being sought as part of the investigation into a fatal car-bike accident in Springfield on Sunday.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Police have arrested two people after a chase this morning that ended with a car crashing into a Westside business building. The pair was being sought as part of the investigation into a fatal car-bike accident in Springfield on Sunday.

The two, who were treated for injuries at the scene before they were taken into custody, were fleeing police on West Chestnut Expressway when their auto turned in to a parking lot at Ozark Sandblasting, 311 W. Chestnut Expressway, and crashed into the building.

Capt. Vance Holland, Springfield Police spokesman, said the two were being sought in connection with the investigation into a fatal accident near Southwest Missouri State University on Sunday.

Springfield bicyclist, Zachary Gibson, 23, was killed when he was struck by a car. The driver of that car fled the scene. The auto was found in the 600 block of West Edgewood.

The alleged driver of that car, Shannon R. Smith, 31, of Springfield, was charged early today with felony leaving the scene of an accident.

She told investigating officers after her arrest on Wednesday that she was being pursued by her ex-boyfriend in another vehicle when she struck the cyclist, according to the probable cause statement filed in her case.

She told officers she left the scene because she was afraid of her boyfriend and “scared of being in trouble for the crash.”

She abandoned the car on Edgewood and took a cab from the area.

The statement also says she told officers she had dyed her hair in an attempt to avoid arrest.

Holland said the man and woman arrested today were taken into custody, but he could not comment further on the arrests.
 
 
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