Hit and Run Vehicle Crash
Location: Pioneer Parkway East and ‘F’ Street, Springfield, Oregon
Case Number: 21-4779
Date/Time: July 11th, 2021 / 1652 hours
Additional Information: Public Information Officer Kris Seibel at 541-726-2333
Completed By: Sgt. Brian Humphreys
NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:
On July 11th at 4:52 p.m., officers with the Springfield Police Department were dispatched to a car crash. While responding to that crash, one of the responding officers was involved in a crash.
The officer was traveling north-bound on Pioneer Parkway East when the driver of another car, who was traveling east-bound on ‘F’ Street, failed to stop at a stop sign at Pioneer Parkway and collided with the driver’s side of the north bound police car. The Springfield Police Officer’s car left the roadway and collided with a tree on the north-east corner of the intersection. The other involved vehicle continued east bound on ‘F’ Street, fleeing from the scene of the crash.
The officer was initially entrapped in his patrol car due to airbag deployment, but was able to free himself with the use of his emergency car escape tool. Area residents quickly responded to assist with getting the officer out of the car. The officer was provided on-scene medical aid by members of Eugene Springfield Fire. He was later taken to the hospital where he received treatment for minor injuries and was released.
An alert citizen who witnessed the vehicle crash followed the suspect vehicle as it fled from the scene of the crash. The citizen notified police of the location where the driver parked the vehicle and fled on foot. When officers arrived, the driver was not compliant and attempted to flee from officers on foot, but was quickly detained without further incident.
The Oregon State Police Department responded to the location and took over the investigation. It appears drugs and alcohol where contributing factors to this accident. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
If anyone has any additional information they are asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 541-726-3714.