Incident:                   Fatal Single Motor Vehicle Crash
Location:                   3600 block of Franklin Blvd                         
Case Number:           21-02452
Date/Time:                April 10th, 2021 / 1311 Hours
More Information:   Lt. George Crolly – (541) 726-3714
Completed By:          Officer Joe Burke (Major Accident Investigation Team – MAIT)

DRIVER-1:                Chavez, David Anthony:   52 years of age of Springfield

VEHICLE-1:             2004 Lexus RX330: Mid-size SUV 


            On April 10th, 2021, at 1:11 pm, Springfield Police and Eugene Springfield Fire responded to the 3600 block of Franklin Blvd. for a report of a single motor vehicle crash. The vehicle was determined to be a 2004 Lexus RX 330. The driver had been traveling westbound on Franklin Blvd. when the vehicle lost control and struck a utility pole on the north side of the road. The utility pole fell to the ground along with high voltage lines.

            Other motorists stopped to assist the driver of the Lexus and pulled him from the vehicle as it caught fire. The vehicle was quickly engulfed in flames and the scene was further complicated by downed power lines. Despite efforts at resuscitation, David Anthony Chavez succumbed to injuries he sustained in the crash and died at the scene. Nobody else was injured.

            All lanes of Franklin Blvd. were diverted for more than five hours following the collision while investigators collected evidence and processed the scene. Speed appears to have been a contributing factor for the crash. Police ask anyone with information to call Lt. George Crolly with the Springfield Police Department at 541.726.3714.