23-year-old Springfield man dies in single-vehicle crash

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A 23-year-old Springfield man died in a single-vehicle crash the morning of Sunday, May 3.

Matei Pop was driving a 2008 Lexus IS250 northbound on Highway 65 near Saddlebrooke when he failed to negotiate a curve.

Missouri State Highway Patrol says his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, through the median, across the southbound lanes and struck a rock bluff.

Pop was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:03 a.m.

According to Highway Patrol, he was not wearing a seat belt.

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