SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The motorcyclist involved in the rush-hour crash at Grand Street and Glenstone Avenue has died from his injuries.
Police confirmed to OzarksFirst that the man was not wearing a helmet.
According to a press release from the Springfield Police Department, on September 13, at 4:48 p.m., officers responded to the two-vehicle crash.
Savannah Grotjan, 23, was driving northbound on Glenstone. As Grotjan was making a left turn to go west on Grand, a southbound 2002 Honda Shadow, driven by Ronny Sawyers, 25, from Springfield, hit the passenger’s side of the vehicle.
A woman who witnessed the crash said she immediately rushed over to help Sawyers.
Sawyers was transported to a local hospital where he later died. Sawyer’s family has been notified.
“The biggest thing I want people to take away from this is to not be careless, just ride smart,” said Ronda Schmerber, a former trauma nurse who witnessed the crash.
Freedom Kohls saw another recent crash where three motorcycles hit an SUV on Kearney.
“It happened so quick and they were going so fast,” Kohls said. “It sounded like an explosion. It was loud.”
Kohls said she’s been riding with her family for years.
“I lost a lot of people in motorcycle accidents in the past year and we just try to be really safe,” said Kohls.
Police said there are ways drivers and bikers alike can stay safe.
“It’s up to the drivers to take that initiative and slow down and be careful,” said Lieutenant Heather Anderson of the Springfield Police Department.
Traffic was blocked for a while to allow police to investigate.