SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Two pedestrians were killed Tuesday morning after being hit by a vehicle.
The accident happened shortly after 4 a.m. near the 200 block of East Chestnut Expressway.
According to a press release from the Springfield Police Department, a 2014 Hyundai Sonata was traveling eastbound on Chestnut Expressway when it struck 48-year-old Richard D. Gardner pedestrian and 52-year-old Scarlet R. Turner in the outside lane of eastbound Chestnut Expressway. The male and female were pronounced dead at the scene.
Next of kin has been notified, and there is no evidence of impairment regarding this crash.
Further evidence from SPD says the male pedestrian was struck by a white, full-sized Ford pickup truck just before the two pedestrians were struck by the Hyundai.
SPD says the pickup in question is missing an outside passenger side mirror and possibly has over-sized tires. Anyone with information on the truck that fled the scene is urged to call authorities immediately.
Next of kin has not been notified, so Springfield Police have not released the names of the pedestrians at this time.
We will continue to follow this story and bring you updates throughout the day.